Today we’re going to learn about technical broadcast production from Conan O’Brien. Ok not quite, however the quarantine has forced many talk show hosts to work from home. It’s forced late night, sports shows, interviews and all manner of content to be produced remotely and assembled either live or in post-production before being delivered to an audience.
‘Conan’ is no exception to this. O’Brien’s show on TBS has gone remote with Conan recording segments from his home, much like Fallon, Colbert and Kimmel among many many others.
The website Frame.IO has a fantastic article on the tech and setup behind producing Conan in the new world of remote broadcast television. Host Michael Cioni talks to Robert Ashe on how he setup at Conan’s house as well as his own to continue broadcasting the show.
The article also has some great tips for DIY and low-cost tech to help shoot great quality remote interviews by yourself, as well as some tips on producing solid broadcast content when you work from home.
Producing a late-night TV show is a challenge under ideal circumstances. There are always deadlines and changes and last-minute ideas that get slipped in right under the wire.
But what happens when a show that’s always been produced in a studio with a live audience has to start producing four shows a week—with everyone from the host to the guests, writers, producers, and editors—working from home?
In this week’s episode of our Workflow From Home series, lead editor Robert Ashe took us behind the scenes of the popular late-night show Conan.
The full article with more videos and some FANTASTIC information on equipment being used by Michael to produce these remote segments for Frame.IO.
Speaking of doing shows from home and interviews on Zoom, it’s become a kind of new standard operating procedure for everyone from actors to performers to those of us at Frame.io who are making this show.
It’s been a trial and error process, but now that we have a few shows in the can, we thought it might be useful for us to share what we’ve learned along the way to help you shoot better videos from home.