Creating Reality and Non-Fiction Television: What Really Works

FILM TV X 477
Understand the various reality/non-fiction TV formats and prepare to conceptualize your own reality series for various television outlets including network, syndication, cable, and Internet.
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What you can learn.

  • Understand the latest trends in the various digital media arenas for reality TV programming
  • Explore new distribution models including interactivity, games, transmedia, and more
  • Analyze programs that proclaim to capture "real life"
  • Work both in teams and individually to develop, prepare, and pitch an original idea for a non-fiction television series
  • Rehearse for a pitch meeting and then pitch your ideas to industry guests that can include a network, studio executive, or agent
  • Delve into the nuts and bolts of relaity TV producing including interviewing tactics, sheculing, ratings, and more

About this course:

Reality television is at the forefront of TV culture both domestically and internationally. The objectives of the course are to acquaint you with the various formats and to prepare you to conceptualize your own reality series for various television outlets including network, syndication, cable, and Internet. The latest trends in the various digital media arenas as they relate to original non-fiction programming and distribution are also explored, including interactivity, games, transmedia, webcasts, ARGs, MMOGs, and VR. You first get under the hood of the broad range of programs which claim to depict "real life," from reality drama and comedy to talent competitions, hidden camera, docu-soaps, games, food, adventure, travel, and documentary. Topics include what makes a show a hit--or not; the art of interviewing; the role of scheduling, ratings, multi-platforming, and social media; and an overview of legal issues specific to reality TV. Working both in teams and individually, you then develop, prepare, and pitch an original idea for a non-fiction television series. You prepare a series log line, a one sheet description, and a "bible" with episodic examples. Rehearse for a pitch meeting and then pitch your ideas to industry guests that can include a network, studio executive, or agent.

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