Direct and Produce Reality and Documentary Television
This deep-dive into the various stages of development, production, and distribution for unscripted television will help you develop an idea into a project that is ready to pitch.
What you can learn.
- How to succeed as a strong producer and director
- How to navigate the cluttered landscape of non-fiction broadcast and cable television
- The life of a director/producer in the field
- Techniques for developing your idea, pitching, getting the job, prepping the shoot, directing/producing on location and interviewing
- Post-production tips
About this course:Discover what it takes to be an effective producer and director in the flourishing genre of unscripted television and gain insights in the process of creating a valid series concept that can sell. Through lectures, discussion with industry guests, and analysis of landmark shows, this course navigates the cluttered landscape of non-fiction broadcast and cable television and focuses on how to succeed as a strong producer and director. You develop an idea from scratch and learn how to complete a total package that is ready to be pitched to a TV network and/or a streaming service. Topics include developing your idea, pitching, getting the job, prepping the shoot, directing/producing on location, interview techniques, what to do once it's in the can, tech talk, post-production tips, the life of a director/producer in the field, and looking ahead to the future of the genre.
Fall 2020 Schedule
Hybrid courses have both regular remote meeting times and online instruction. Click “See Details” for more information.
Internet access required.
This course includes live weekly sessions offered on Tuesdays, 7 pm - 10 pm Pacific Time, via Zoom, which will be recorded, and is supplemented by asynchronous online material. Students who cannot attend live sessions may request to view recordings without penalty towards attendance.