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Commentator training – from preparation to delivery.
This course is aimed at new or relatively inexperienced commentators and producers who do some commentary.
- To understand the real objectives of television sports commentary
- To learn how to prepare properly for a match
- To add value for viewers through information and voice modulation
- To work with directors and use the monitor effectively
Course duration: 5 days
Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)
Note: This course assumes that all participants are proficient in their job role.
The course is based on theory and practical sessions aimed at giving commentators a greater understanding of their craft and improving their commentary skills.
The workshop is run initially as a group session and then commentators will prepare and deliver off tube commentary of a football match.
Part 1: The real objectives of television sports commentary
- The history of sports commentary – radio to television
- Different commentary styles around the world
- Telling a story
- Enhancing the viewing experience – the real objective for every commentator
Part 2: Planning and preparation
- Knowing your audience and the importance of player identification
- Player biographies and statistics and how to use them
- A system for preparing commentary notes
- Preparing an opener
Part 3: During the match
- Creating a sense of occasion and context, before, during and after the match
- Anticipating key moments
- Voice modulation – creating an ebb and flow
- When to speak and when not to speak!
- Communication with the director – use of the monitor and the lazy button for talkback
Part 4: Commentary Exercise
- Individual commentary exercise (off tube)
- Individual review of performance, discussion and feedback
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Have a better understanding of the real objectives of sports commentary
- Be able to prepare for commentary more effectively with the tools to develop their own system of notes
- Be able to create their own commentary style and feel more confident in delivering effective storytelling commentary