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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Starting at $699.00
11 weeks
4.0 Credits

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.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Monday, Saturday
Location: UCLA
Instructor: James Coane
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Fee:
$699.00
38 days left. Enroll by Sep 24, 2018
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Notes

No meeting November 12. 

No refund after Oct. 8. Internet access required.
 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 8, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Lecture
Mon Sep 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Oct 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Oct 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Oct 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Oct 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Oct 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Nov 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Nov 12, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Nov 19, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Nov 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Sat Dec 1, 2018
2:00PM - 5:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222
Lecture
Mon Dec 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1222

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