Ready4Air (TV Production) | Keep Your Productivity Up On Business Trips With These 4 Pro Tips

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November 5, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, TV Production | By

2014 Cannes Film Festival Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

2014 Cannes Film Festival
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

First published on Entrepreneur.com
on November 3rd, 2014

Earlier this year, I worked on location at the Cannes Film Festival in France with the production team of Arise On Screen, the movie review show I produce. We were on a tight, five-day schedule as we taped shows on location and then fed the video back to New York where post-production was done. The long shoot days and the seven-hour time difference with our colleagues back home made things even more complicated.

While it’s tempting to think that the only prerequisite to a successful business trip is to have your trusty laptop, you can quickly miss the convenience of your office when you’re thousands of miles away. Replace Cannes with the destination of your choice and use these helpful tips on how to handle out-of-town business.

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Establish your communication needs. Internet access, roaming charges, data usage — these are all things you have to think about before leaving for your trip, not when you get to your hotel. A call to your phone company before you leave can prevent any surprises on your trip. If you are traveling abroad, you should activate your phone for international travel. Can you make and receive phone calls? What is the rate for the country where you will be based?

Another option is to buy a local phone in the country in which you are traveling and purchase credit as you need it. This is also an easier way for you to keep track of your business expenses. I ended up buying a phone in Cannes and it worked out perfectly for the trip.

Identify your local assets. Who are your contacts on the ground? It is best to coordinate a book of everyone’s contact information including email addresses, phone numbers and any social-media information. If you are staying in a hotel, find out where the office center is located and its hours of operation. It is also important to make note of any wi-fi charges or expenses that might apply for using the office center.

We had our set and crew ready when we arrived. Thanks to our solid contacts and organization, we hit the ground running.

Arise TV shooting at Cannes Film Festival 2014 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise TV shooting at Cannes Film Festival 2014 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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Be ready to wear a few different hats. When you are on the road, you may have to work twice as hard as when you are in the office. Whether you’re alone or traveling with a smaller team, all the little things the intern or office assistant usually handles may become your responsibility. No job should be too small for you if the need arises. It is probably best to find out the skills of everyone on your business team since multi-tasking takes on a new meaning when you’re on the road!

Sleep when you can. When you are on a business trip, every minute counts as you fill your schedule with meetings and business events throughout the day and night, which means you will probably get your eight-hour beauty sleep — spread over five days. When you get time to nap, take it! Naps are a useful way to re-energize. A short nap of 20 to 30 minutes is good for improving your alertness and performance. Make sure you find a quiet and comfortable place to lie down and catch a few quick zzz’s.

Doing business on the road can, and should be, fun! But unless you’re prepared and your trip is planned, your productivity might take a blow. So follow these tips and bon voyage!

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | Creating “Magic” In Post-Production: Getting The Show Polished For Air

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent interviewing actor Jimmy Jean Louis at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, Social TV, TV Production | By

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Arise On Screen Control Room / Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

By now, you know that the production of a show has many layers starting with pre-production planning, real-time production, and the final layer before air–post-production. Once producers leave the control room, post-production is the process where we finesse the show. At Arise On Screen, we like to jokingly say that it is also the point in the process where the “magic” happens. For any producer, post-production can be a lifesaver. It gives a production team the opportunity to time out the taped show; add commercials and interstitials; edit segments; fix any mistakes; sweeten audio; and add elements including video, graphics, and effects. My show line producer Steven Ramey says, “Post-production is why the audience at home never sees the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making the finished product.”

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Arise On Screen Tape Producer Christelle Koumoué and Editor Chuck White

Arise On Screen tape producer Christelle Koumoué and editor Chuck White/ Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The post-production process can be timely. It usually takes us about 2-3 hours of post-production for our 30-minute show Arise On Screen. Including the show opening segment, Arise On Screen has four segments. In reality, the process is similar to putting a puzzle together with the pieces of the puzzle being video and audio. We are on a deadline (TV is always on deadline) to finish production in time to feed the show out to the stations to air it. So it is key for our post-production team, tape producer, and editor to be organized.

Even though we are all pretty well versed in video production, our math skills are definitely put to work during the post-production process since every second and frame of video count. Our show needs to time out to 30 minutes exactly. Not 28 minutes and 59 seconds or 30 minutes 5 seconds, but 30 minutes exactly. Part of the line producer’s job in the control room is to keep track of the total segments and show times as well as time codes. All these numbers will be needed during post-production.

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    Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent interviewing actor Jimmy Jean Louis at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent interviewing actor Jimmy Jean Louis at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival/ Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

While post-production can be a simple process, our team has been in a few nail-biting situations, including our recent show editions from the Cannes Film Festival where we shot components of the show out of sequence and had our team in New York edit it together for air.

The Arise TV team landed in Cannes and got on set by Saturday afternoon. Our goal was to tape a show and have it ready for air the next day. On Sunday. we delivered. Once we finished our daily shooting, Steven worked with our French production team to feed the video (and shot the show open, interview segments, and bumpers) to New York by satellite. Our producers and editors in New York took in the satellite video feed and edited while Steven talked them through the required edits over the phone. Because of the six-hour time difference between New York and France, Steven was on the phone through dinner. When both our phones died, we grabbed the check and raced back to the hotel to continue post-production via phone. With minutes to spare, we finished and got our first segments from Cannes on the air.

The Arise On Screen Cannes Special was an entire show taped in Cannes, which Steve and I wrote on the seven-hour plane ride home. Once we landed in New York City, it was time to create “magic” and put all the pieces of the puzzle together. It was a lot of work, but a fun trip.

Now, take a few minutes and enjoy the show.

 

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

 

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Ready4Air (TV) | Arise On Screen In Cannes: Taking The Show On The Road

Mike Sargent, Host Arise On Screen at 2014 Cannes Film Festival
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

May 29, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, TV Production | By

 

A French Riviera beach setting at the Hotel Majestic Barriere Beach. Perfect for a stand-up or a show open or show close. Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

A French Riviera beach setting at the Hotel Majestic Barriere Beach. Perfect for a stand-up or a show open or show close.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I have been off my posting game this week. Please forgive me since I’m a little jet lagged. If you’ve been keeping up with the site, you know that I’ve been traveling for work. A whirlwind week-long trip to the South of France will definitely knock you off your game, LOL! Well, we’re home now and back to reality, so I’m getting back on track.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

2014 Cannes Film Festival
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Yes, we took our movie review show, Arise On Screen, to the Cannes Film Festival–the granddaddy of movie festivals. As you can imagine, Cannes is beautiful and made all the more lively with the buzz of the festival in the air. The resort town on the French Riviera is the international meet and greet for the film community. Filmmakers, distributors, and celebrities come out for almost two weeks to network, screen films, raise lots of money, and, hopefully, make deals.

When I found out that Arise On Screen and our sister show, Arise Entertainment 360, were going to be there, my mind went into overdrive. Taking a television show on the road is a huge task. While it’s exciting to consider all the visual possibilities of shooting from a different location, it is also demanding to try and figure out all the technological challenges at a distance. For example, what are our limitations with the crew and set? How accessible are the guests before an interview? What is our B-plan in case it rains on our beautiful beachfront location? Only a few things to think about as we prepared to go.

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I really didn’t have to worry so much since we had an amazing crew already on the ground in Cannes. Led by our senior consultant Bertrand Richiero, the set and technical crew were already in place when we landed. As you can see, our location on the Hotel Majestic Barriere Beach was prime. I found out later that we were one of only two television networks, with the French station CANAL+, on the beach covering this year’s festival. Celebrity junkets were stationed right behind our set and photographers often asked if they could take a few shots using our stylish red chairs.

Taking the show on the road usually means you work a lot harder since you are traveling with a smaller staff. Everybody has to double up on their workload, and we certainly did. Veteran line producer Steven Ramey and I knew what to expect from the trip. But for show host Mike Sargent, the TV remote experience was brand-new.

Mike Sargent, Host Arise On Screen at 2014 Cannes Film Festival Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Mike Sargent, host of Arise On Screen at 2014 Cannes Film Festival
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

This week, I asked him to look back at Arise On Screen’s special coverage of the Festival of Cannes and answer a few questions, beginning with: Was shooting on location anything like he expected? Mike wrote this to me in an email:

Honestly, the answer is yes and no. I’d never done a TV remote before, but anybody who grew up watching TV has seen them. Reporters at a remote location talking into the camera while addressing an invisible audience. 

Though I’m fairly new to television, I have been doing radio for a long time. When I used to do man-on-the-street interviews, I found that people always seem to perk up when you put a microphone in front of them, whether you have a camera or not.

So in many ways, it felt familiar and somewhat comfortable to me. Though without the luxury of a teleprompter you’re forced to, or at least in my case, fall back on radio training. In radio, especially live radio, anything can happen and you have to roll with it. You prepare for what you’re going to say, but then there’s an element of ad lib as to how it comes out. This was pretty much the case on live remote TV.
Looking back at footage of what I did, I critiqued how I was sitting, the angle the camera got me, my hair, etc. But in terms of it being what I thought it would be, it was as difficult and as easy as I had imagined.
 
Mike Sargent, Film Critic & Host Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Mike Sargent Mike Sargent, Film Critic & Host Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Mike Sargent

Mike Sargent, film critic and host of Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Mike Sargent

What was the most memorable part of the trip?
 
The most memorable part of the trip was the constant buzz of activity, and that no matter who you spoke to, they would have a clear reason for being at Cannes and a clear part or role they played in the film industry. Also, having been to many junkets, screenings, and other festivals over the years, I really felt for the first time like I was being treated as a VIP because I was a critic, not despite being one.
When you heard that you were going to the Cannes Film Festival, what was your first thought?
My first thought was that it would be great, but I don’t know that I really believe it will happen. It seemed a little too good to be true because, generally, only the biggest and most significant outlets send people to Cannes.
What were the three biggest challenges of doing Arise On Screen at the Cannes Film Festival?
1. The lack of sleep. We hit the ground running when we landed. Most of my days were spent either interviewing or being on set. My evenings were spent seeing films, squeezing food in between, and being out until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and getting up by 6:30 to be online by 7:30 to see an 8:30 screening and 11:00 press conference, then back to set and doing the whole thing all over again the next day.
 
2. Getting organized. It was a bit overwhelming. There were so many things to see, so many films to try and catch and figure out where each was playing and what the protocol was to get in.
 
3. Communication. A big challenge was communication via phone. I was not set up for international calls, and everybody’s phone service was sketchy, to say the least. Sometimes it was hard to connect with others on the team to coordinate all our efforts.

What will you do differently for your next visit to the Cannes Film Festival?

I would plan better by researching all the films that are playing on the different tracks at Cannes, not just the films in competition or part of Un Certain Regard, but some of the films that were there as a part of the market, as well. Ideally, I would get there a day before the festival to have all my ducks lined up. I would also probably reach out to every publicist I know to see if they are doing things at Cannes and try to pre-book more interviews prior to the trip. I would also go over my international cell phone package plans prior to getting there.
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Thanks, Mike!
I don’t think there is ever a way to truly prepare someone for the first experience of shooting a show on location. But I do know the first time is probably the hardest. Our trip was hard work, but no complaints here. It was definitely worth it. Now, take a minute to check out the behind-the-scenes of Arise On Screen’s trip to the Cannes Film Festival.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (TV) | Arise On Screen Special: Bye Bye Cannes

Arise TV Set (2014 Cannes Film Festival) - We will be missing this set for a long time…
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

May 22, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, Social TV | By

We will be missing this set for a long time...

We will be missing this set for a long time…

 

All good things must come to an end, and as I head back to New York, I would like to share with you some of last pictures I took during this Arise On Screen special coverage of the Festival of Cannes.

Arise On Screen Executive Producer, Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen executive producer, Debbie Mitchell.

 

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent.

 

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Arise On Screen executive producer Deborah Mitchell

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (TV) | Arise On Screen Special: More Pictures Live From The Festival Of Cannes

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May 20, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, Social TV | By

Welcome to the 67th edition of the Festival Of Cannes!

Welcome to the 67th edition of the Festival Of Cannes!

 

New pictures live from the Festival of Cannes!

 

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A shot of one the most prestigious red carpets in the world of film.

Channing Tatum at the press conference for "Foxcatcher"

Channing Tatum at the press conference for “Foxcatcher”

Arise On Screen Executive Producer with actor/model Jimmy Jean-Louis

Arise On Screen Executive Producer with actor/model Jimmy Jean-Louis

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent

 

Arise On Screen staff has been busy (and happy)…

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (TV) | Arise On Screen Special: First Pictures From The Festival Of Cannes

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May 19, 2014 | Posted in Festival of Cannes 2014, Social TV, TV Production | By

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Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Hello from sunny Cannes! For the next few days I will be posting pictures live from the Festival Of Cannes. Things have been really crazy over here since we landed, but we managed to tape our first Arise On Screen special Cannes episode, you can see our awesome set in the pictures below.

More pictures and news coming up, so stay tuned!

 

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise TV at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise Entertainment 360 and Arise On Screen staff at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise Entertainment 360 and Arise On Screen staff at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise On Screen Line Producer Steven Ramey at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Arise On Screen Line Producer Steven Ramey at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Actress Jessica Chastain at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Actress Jessica Chastain at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

 

 

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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