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Reality TV - The Reluctant Subject

Reality TV – The Reluctant Subject

The Reluctant Subject It doesn’t matter why cast members may be reluctant to talk; your job is to deliver interview content. Let’s look at how to navigate some difficult subjects. Even though they signed on to have their life broadcast on television, many cast members will be worried about how they’re coming off on camera. They may...
Reality TV - Advanced Interview Techniques & Composing Interview Shots

Reality TV – Advanced Interview Techniques & Composing Interview Shots

Advanced Interview Techniques Now that you know what to ask during interviews, here’s something to help you with more difficult tasks such as getting the shot ready or dealing with problematic subjects. Composing Interview Shots All shows have a certain format with which they conduct interviews; wherever you’re shooting, the basic format for the shot remains...
Reality TV - Interviews vs. OTFs

Reality TV – Interviews vs. OTFs

Forecast Bites Forecast bites are small clips that leave a hanging question about the future of the characters. Ask cast members how they think a certain event will affect them, or someone else. It’ll set up a certain vision for the rest of the storyline, perhaps even building up a side story. These forecasts can...
Reality TV - The Cast is Not Your Friend

Reality TV – The Cast is Not Your Friend

Working the Scene Now you may be assuming that as the Story Producer, it really isn’t your job to be on set and working on the scene. Well guess what? It is. Sometimes the story doesn’t just happen, and there’s no magic formula for making it happen, so you need to be on set to...
Reality TV - Hot Sheets & Interviews

Reality TV – Hot Sheets & Interviews

Hot Sheets A hot sheet, usually created at the end of the day by the story or field producers, is a one page summary of the key events of the day, and is sent out to everyone on the production team. The hot sheet keeps everyone on the team up to date with what’s going...
Reality TV - Production & Field Notes

Reality TV – Production & Field Notes

Production  As a story producer, you can come in at any step of the show’s making. Starting during the production phase is kind of like being suddenly thrown onto stage and being expected to perform. Production—the taping—is an amalgamation of everyone from camera operators to network executives who all have opinions and thoughts to offer...

Attracting Film Audiences

Is Hollywood looking for the next new thing? That doesn’t seem to be the case these days. Movie theaters are filled with stories and characters you’ve seen before. Sequels and remakes are everywhere, along with spin-offs from TV shows (think 21 Jump Street and Get Smart) and movies inspired by video games (Lara Croft: Tomb...
Check-In For TV

Check-In For TV

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Small Screen Gets Serious

Reality TV aside, the television has been shaking off its old reputation as a place for mindless entertainment. Now the movie theaters are the places to see shoot-‘em-up action and comic-book stories, while the small screen has been housing more mature character-driven programs: entertainment for adults. This is especially true on many cable channels, where...

Game of Thrones – A Game of Their Own

World of Warcraft meets Middle Earth with a little sex thrown in. HBO’s new adventure series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire, already has a large cult following. Between blood-spattered battlefields and carnal sex scenes, the new series capitalizes a trend for constant action that...

Television Takes Over

The movie business is starting to see a change, and that change comes from television. Of the top players in Hollywood (Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, and Time Warner), all their current heads come from a television background. In 2009, 90% of people watched something on TV any given day while 2% went to the...

History of Pay Television

Pay channel output deals originated in the early 1980s. During this time Viacom’s Showtime was in a heavy competition with Time Inc.’s HBO over cable viewers. This was known as “The Pay TV Wars.” At the time, the public could not purchase movies. They could only rent them from a video store; DVDs were not...

To Test or Not to Test?

It is inevitable that TV pilots are tested before they are commissioned by networks in the United States. If you look Down Under at Australian television, you will find that testing is not very common. Audience Development Australia’s chief executive, David Castran, believes this is due to the fact that, “creatively, people don’t want their...