Courses

Sports Live Direction

Live TV Simulator

True to HBS' tradition of innovation, the Sports Live Direction module will be delivered using the latest EVS Live TV Simulator. The simulator allows a production team to learn from making mistakes in a controlled environment using relevant sporting event footage.

Through the combined use of pedagogy and the Live TV Simulator, it is now possible to control and analyse all recorded images with each of the participants.

The Live TV Simulator will become an integrated training facility built using the latest in live production equipment. This includes live video servers - enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-motion tools and a live video switcher that can be used by two to three trainees simultaneously. 

The Broadcast Academy uses real-world sporting events as a training environment. The Live TV Simulator is contained and shipped to those events to teach multiple aspects of live sports broadcasting on the ground. This includes tuition for camera operation, journalism, directing for live television and creating live highlights and replays. All the modules’ teaching is delivered by highly skilled trainers and experts in live sports broadcasting selected by HBS and EVS.

Aiming to enable the production team to become autonomous and operational as quickly as possible, the Live TV Broadcasting module merges theoretical courses and practical sessions with the Live TV Simulator comprising test matches.

Each member of the directing team has, as part of a detailed feedback, the opportunity to revisit their broadcast and assess where any improvements can be made.

Comments from participants:

“Whatever the number of cameras available on site in client’s country, we are able to train a full production team and extract the best out of them thanks to the practical sessions with the simulator. But more than a practical tool, the Live TV Simulator is part of a unique live coverage approach based on team spirit and group solidarity.” (Trainer, Live TV Broadcasting module).

“Thanks to this course I improved my broadcasting skills and especially my work with the camera positions.” (Technician – Live TV Broadcasting module)

“I learned to become more interdependent with the rest of the team, to work more rigorously and to make the best out of our TV equipment.” (Cameraman - Live TV Broadcasting module)

“I understood that there is no room for improvisation in live coverage.” (Assistant TV director - Live TV Broadcasting module)

Live directing with the Live TV Simulator

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Live Sports Directing course for sports production team including directors.

This is a theoretical and practical course designed to encourage and develop the existing expertise and creativity of participants.

 

Learning objectives

  • To understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production
  • To be able to effectively use broadcast equipment to adapt to different types of events
  • To adopt best practices for storytelling across live cut and replays
  • To understand the various roles in a production team and to work effectively as a team

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 15

Attendees: Production team (including directors)

Note: This course is aimed at those already directing multi camera live events.

The session will provide the participants with the chance to enhance their understanding of sports production through experimental practical sessions.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

  • Review of set-up
  • Practice & hands-on exercises

 

Part 1: Theory sessions

  • Introduction and basic principles of live directing
  • Working with the team and understanding roles and responsibilities of each member of the team
  • Study of camera positions of top level sporting events
  • Choice of most appropriate camera plan
  • Review of editorial principles of slow motion for action replays and examples of different applications

Part 2: Practical sessions

  • Exercises on the Live TV Simulator
  • Test-match exercises
  • Debriefing and review of the test match exercises
  • Final live match directing

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand different camera formations and the use of each camera
  • Understand the basic principles of sports storytelling
  • Be a confident member of the live sports directing team
  • Have a technical understanding on use of the various broadcast equipment in live directing
Live directing without Live TV Simulator

Live Sports Directing course without Live TV Simulator for sports production team, including directors.

 

This is a theoretical and practical course designed to encourage and develop the existing expertise and creativity of participants.

 

Learning objectives

  • To understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production
  • To be able to effectively use of broadcast equipment to adapt to different types of events
  • To understand the various roles in a production team and to work effectively as a team
  • To adopt best practice for storytelling across live cut and replays

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 15

Attendees: Production team (including directors)

Note: This course is aimed at those already directing multi-camera live events.

The session will provide the participants with the chance to enhance their understanding of sports production through experimental practical sessions.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

  • Review of set-up
  • Practice & hands-on exercises

 

Part 1: Theory sessions

  • Introduction and basic principles of live directing
  • Working with the team and understanding roles and responsibilities of each member of the team
  • Study of camera positions of top level sporting events
  • Choice of most appropriate camera plan
  • Review editorial principles of slow motion for action replays and best usage

Part 2: Practical sessions

  • Design a camera plan based on an event requirement
  • Preparation of an outside broadcast and production plans including replay workflows
  • A test match exercise
  • Review of the test match exercise and debrief with participants

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand different camera formations
  • Be a confident member of the live sports directing team
  • Have a technical understanding on use of various broadcast equipment in live directing
  • Understand the basic principles of sports storytelling
Studio directors

Extending knowledge of studio based multi-camera filming. This is a purely practical course designed to encourage and develop existing expertise and creativity of participants.

 

Learning objectives

  • To know how to take a basic show to the next level visually
  • To be able to effectively use outside sources within a show
  • To be able to understand technical requirements in order to achieve advanced studio coverage

 

Course duration: 5 days

Attendee number: 10 (maximum per course)

Attendees: Studio directors (advanced)

Note: This course is aimed at those already directing multi-camera studio shows.

The session will provide the participants with the chance to enhance their creativity and studio knowledge through experimental practical sessions.

 

Course content

The course is split into theory and practice. It covers:

  • Review studio set-up
  • Practice & hands-on exercises

 

Part 1: On-set shooting

  • Alternative use of camera positions and shots
  • Alternative positioning of presenters and guests
  • Different uses of lighting
  • Use of on-set screens

Part 2: Technical understanding

  • Effective use of outside broadcasts
  • Terminology and technical requirements involving studio and outside sources
  • Filming 30 minutes show using techniques learned

 

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use cameras and lighting to enhance studio filming
  • Be confident in using on-set screens and alternative camera shots
  • Understand technical requirements when using outside broadcasts within a studio based show