Reality TV An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market

ISBN-10: 1932907998

ISBN-13: 9781932907995

Edition: 2011

Authors: Troy Devolld

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'Reality TV' is the next best thing to shadowing reality writers at work. Starting with a history of the form, it winds its informative way through all stages of production in this most peculiar of TV genres in which viewers gain pleasure from watching contestents carrying out such mundane tasks as sitting in a pool or eating a sausage.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 8/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

How to Use this Book
Prologue: From Aspiring Screenwriter To Reality Producer; Huh?
Chapter Zero and Rule Number One Story is Story, and Story is Written. Sort of
The Home Improvement Show Exercise
So Why Don't I See Writers Credited on Reality Shows?
What Does A Story Producer Do, Exactly?
Timeline? What Timeline?
Continuity And Story Basics
A Brief History of Reality Television
Origins And Pioneers
Contemporary Reality
Criticisms Of The Genre
Chapter One Exercises
The Seven (Or Seventy, or Seven Hundred) Kinds of Reality Shows
Documentary / Docu-Series
Reality-Competition / Elimination
Makeover / Renovation
Hidden Camera / Surveillance / Amateur Content
Travel / Aspirational
Chapter Two Exercise
The Reality Effect
How Reality Has Changed Traditionally Scripted Shows
The Reality Genre As Fodder For Traditionally Scripted Television
Chapter Three Exercises
The Reality of Reality
Overview: Production Hierarchy
Chapter Four Exercises
Reviewing Past Episodes And Casting Materials
Downloading With Your Producers
Sketching Out Your Profile Interviews
The Preliminary Outline
Chapter Five Exercises
Field Notes
Hot Sheets
Interviews vs. OTFs
Forecast Bites
Advanced Interview Technique
Composing The Interview Shot
Checking Your Audio
Keeping Your Eyes Peeled
The Reluctant Subject
Stammerers / Ramblers
The Victim / Self-Producer
Attention, Blabbermouths!
Some Thoughts On Scenework
Stir It Up: Bringing Your Cast Back To Life
Set Etiquette
Don't Feed The Animals: The Talent Is Not Your Friend
Trouble In Paradise: What To Do When The Shoot Goes South
A Final Word On Production: Physical Safety
Chapter Six Exercises
Rethink Your Outline
The Big Picture
Keep It Meaningful, Keep It Moving
The Return Of The Forecast Bite
So The Season's Mapped Out, Now What?
A Word On Stakes
The Ticking Clock
The Big Deal Out Of Nothing
The Repurposed Scene
Composing A Stringout
Option One: The Paper Cut
Option Two: The Avid / Final Cut Pro Stringout
A Word On Act Breaks
The Rough Cut
The Rough Cut Goes To Network: First Notes
The Fine Cut
The Locked Cut
Chapter Seven Exercises
Get To Work!
Entry-Level Positions
The Story Department
The Politics Of Reality
�That Stuff Has Writers?� - Building A Reputation On An Invisible Job
Saying No: Building The Resume You Want
Advancing Your Career
Networking In The Reality Community
Networking In The Broader Television Community
Professional Organizations
Maximizing IMDb And Other Resume And Credit Websites
Some Final Thoughts On Networking
Chapter Eight Exercises
Creating Your Own Shows
The Workable Concept
The Pitch
The One-Sheet
Chapter Nine Exercises
Parting Shots
Writing Host Copy and Voice Over
Things It's Not Your Job to Worry About (But That You Should Sweat Anyway)
Rights And Clearances/Releases
License Plates
Personal Life Land Mines
Phone Numbers
Wide Area Releases
Product Integration / Product Placement / Tradeouts
Understanding Deal Memos
The Non-Disclosure Agreement And Cross-Indemnification
About the Author
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