Women in Media seminar – Week 5

How to stage a seminar.

  1. Theme
  2. Guests
  3. Location
  4. Publicity
  5. Audience
  6. Host
  7. Recap

It seems the women in media group is up to steps 2,3 and 4 simultaneously. We are finalizing our guests (who I will reveal in the next post hopefully) planning the publicity and figuring out how to hold the event. I’ve put my hand up to try to help with the staging and lighting of the seminar. To help me with inspiration I’ve looked at a couple of television programs that have an interesting look from which to take staging and lighting ideas. The first is ABC’s Q and A.

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QandA has strong red tones and hushed lighting on its set with the guests brightly lit and extremely clear. All of the guests sit at a single large, curved table as a kind of panel. The host sits at the centre and acts also as a moderator.

fallon-tonight-show-650Another example would be the slightly more styled ‘Tonight Show’ which puts the host behind a desk and the guests on lounges next to him. I like the wood paneling on this set and the light is clear if not, over lit.

sddefaultAnd here would be the Australian equivalent. ‘Adam Hills at Gordon Street Tonight’ has the host sitting in a more homely set with onstage prac lamps. Adam sits to the side of all three guests. The lighting on this show is especially excellent for what we have in mind I think. A combination of coloured lights and prac lamps are an excellent middle ground. None of the above examples have potted plants but I think they would make an excellent addition to something similar to the last picture to balance all the red and blue.