Bringing the Killy Theatre to Your Home

Saturday, March 13, 2021 - By: Dale F, Whittall ‘21

The Brentwood Broadcasting team serves a pivotal role in making theatre events available for the school, and is run by Mr Minkler assisted by Mr McPherson. COVID-19 has made in-person experiences for Brentwood performances impossible to showcase, forcing the broadcasting team to transition their practices to a semi-virtual system. Though they have always filmed and broadcast assemblies to Youtube, they now have a much greater audience. This year’s school musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, for example, was broadcast to thousands of viewers around the world.

So, what does a broadcast consist of, and how is it set up to ensure as few technical issues as possible? When broadcasting in the theatre, they use four cameras which are hooked up to the OBS system (open broadcaster software) which they use to transition between each camera angle. “Before this year, the broadcast team had minimal experience with the OBS system, but we were eager to learn as we progressed through the year and it became more crucial to the production process” observes Brenna LK, Alex ‘21.

The OBS system is operated by one of the broadcasting students, and is rotated for each production. The operator steps into the booth in headphones to listen to the mics, and is then able to switch between each station via computer, while also adding different titles and other filters to the video being broadcasted. In a typical year, the Broadcast Team would be responsible for broadcasting theatre productions in addition to sport events, but due to COVID, external competition has come to a halt, which has given the Broadcasting Team more time to perfect their art. “We definitely miss streaming basketball and volleyball but have enjoyed learning many new broadcasting techniques such as OBS software and greenscreen filming” said Alice H, Allard ‘21.

The Broadcasting Team has had to adopt some new strategies this year, but have been an essential piece to the Brentwood experience. If not for their continued efforts, we would not be able to view the many productions we are able to enjoy this year. On behalf of Brentwood, we would like to thank you for continuing to bring all of these wonderful performances to our common rooms!

Dale F, Whittall ‘21

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