Direct and Produce Reality and Documentary Television

FILM TV 876.11
This class provides you with an understanding of the challenging assignments, disparate genres, and deadline pressures that are typical for field directors and producers in reality and documentary television.
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What you can learn.

  • Watch and analyze clips from hit shows and study how they were made
  • Discuss what it takes to get employment and succeed as a reality director/producer
  • Explore how to prep a shoot, direct/produce on location, and interview techniques
  • Understand the process of post-production and what to do after completion

About this course:

Follow contestants on a race around the world, shoot underwater footage of hippos in Kenya, document building a home for a deserving family in seven days. These and hundreds of other challenging assignments are typical for field directors and producers in reality and documentary television. Through lectures, discussion with industry guests, and video clips of current hit shows, this seminar demonstrates what it takes to get employment and succeed as a strong field director/producer. Topics include getting the job, prepping the shoot, directing/producing on location, interview techniques, what to do after it's in the can, tech talk, post-production tips, the life of a field director/producer, and looking ahead to the future.

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