COMM 119 TVPI - Chapter Two The Producer in Preproduction (PP #5)

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Published on February 12, 2014

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The Producer in Preproduction: Chapter Two: Section 2.1 : COMM 119: TV Production I The Producer in Preproduction WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT: WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT PRODUCTION: Seeing that a worthwhile idea gets to be a worthwhile television production R esponsible for all preproduction activities for completing the various tasks on time and on budget ASSEMBLING A TEAM WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT: WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT PRODUCER ROLES: Psychologist & Psychiatrist Businessperson Technical Expert Sociologist Peacemaker & Problem-solver Everything else… WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT: WHAT PRODUCING IS ALL ABOUT PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: Coordination ETHICS PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script Generating Program Ideas BRAIN-STORMING (vocal) NO Criticisms or Judgments ! IDEA CLUSTERING (written) Narrowing Ideas into TOPICS! IDEAS (DVD) PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script BRAIN STORMING & IDEA CLUSTERING is all about NARROWING AND EDITING DOWN TO THE ESSENCE! IDEAS (DVD) PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: From Idea to Script Evaluating Program Ideas Is the idea worth doing? Is the idea doable ? If answer to either of this is NO, then stop right now and find something else Evaluating Program Ideas: Evaluating Program Ideas Is the idea worth doing? Your program should always make a positive difference of some kind But may have negative consequences for some Evaluating Program Ideas: Evaluating Program Ideas Is the idea worth doing? Effect-to-Cause Model: What’s your “basic program objective”? What do you want your viewer to learn, do, and/or feel from your program? Evaluating Program Ideas: Evaluating Program Ideas Is the idea worth doing? Effect-to-Cause Model: “What’s the EFFECT you want TO CAUSE ?” The angle = specific focus or twist you give the story to keep viewers’ attention and achieve the EFFECT you want TO CAUSE Evaluating Program Ideas: Evaluating Program Ideas Is the idea doable ? Do you have the necessary… Budget? Time? Facilities and resources? A “vision” is nothing but a dream without resources PROGRAM PROPOSAL: PROGRAM PROPOSAL A Written Document that Stipulates What You Intend to Do: Briefly explain the Program’s… Objective (The Effect To Cause ) Major Aspects PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Program Title Program Objective (process message lite) Target Audience Show Format Show Treatment (includes the angle) Production Method Tentative Budget PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Program Title Short & Sweet + Memorable Program Objective A simpler statement of your EFFECT TO CAUSE (process message lite ) “Mission Statement” or “Slogan” PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Target Audience Whom who you would like to watch the show DEMOGRAPHICS & PSYCHOGRAPHICS: information about your intended audience broken up into categories and ranges PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Show Format How is that going to made? Single show? Series? Mini-series? Web series? How long is the show going to be? Can it be continued later? PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Show Treatment: A Narrative Description of the show Says what the show is about and also explains its angle and reflect the writing style of the show Don’t include technical details (narrative only) Be brief and concise, but also thorough PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS: PROGRAM PROPOSAL ITEMS Production Method: A Technical Description of the show Where it will take place and how you can do it most efficiently What technical and production resources will you need? PREPARING A BUDGET: PREPARING A BUDGET Tentative Budget: Need to give up-to-date figures for all production services, wages, and rental costs Add 15-20% as contingency/insurance PREPARING A BUDGET: PREPARING A BUDGET Think of everything you can – both obvious and non-obvious Divide it into 3 sections: PREPRODUCTION PRODUCTION POSTPRODUCTION Be realistic but not too optimistic WRITING THE SCRIPT: WRITING THE SCRIPT More than just lines of dialogue, the script indicates how a scene should be played and where and when it takes place It’s a “ROAD MAP” for your production WRITING THE SCRIPT: WRITING THE SCRIPT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT: PREPRODUCTION PRODUCTION POSTPRODUCTION PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: COORDINATION: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: COORDINATION Is This Production Possible? Is This Production Efficient? ATTENTION TO DETAIL PREPRODUCTION IS NOT THE MOST EXCITING PART OF CREATING A SHOW, BUT IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PEOPLE & COMMUNICATION: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PEOPLE & COMMUNICATION Your Team Is Your Life-line As chief coordinator, you must be able to contact your team members quickly and reliably A Database of contact info is crucial! MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE, TOO! PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: FACILITIES REQUEST: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: FACILITIES REQUEST List All Elements, Pieces, Properties and Costumes Needed for a Production: Request Access NEVER ASSUME AVAILABILITY! Grows with your team – delegate responsibilities! PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PRODUCTION SCHEDULE Tells Everyone Involved In The Production Who Is Doing What, When and Where Over the Course of the entire 3 Production Phases: PREPRODUCTION PRODUCTION POSTPRODUCTION PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PRODUCTION SCHEDULE TIME LINE: Breakdowns for each DAY of production – often created at the end of the prior day (often called “Daily Production Schedules”) The Producer is in charge of the Big Picture and adjusts accordingly PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PERMITS & CLEARANCES: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PERMITS & CLEARANCES Gaining Access to Locations and Outside Facilities Shooting Permits Parking Permits Travel Permits Insurance Permits PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PUBLICITY & PROMOTION: PREPRODUCTION PLANNING: PUBLICITY & PROMOTION Be Sure to Get The Word Out About the Production Advance Notices in Media Daily Blogging about Production Local Media Access Make Contact with PR People & Departments ETHICS: ETHICS As Producer, all your decisions affect a large number of people – your audience and your production team Be respectful, trusting and safe Do not lie to your audience! Resources: Resources The Internet is your information friend, but be careful Don’t forget the Telephone Book Local Chamber of Commerce Organizations Local TV Stations UNIONS: UNIONS Two types of UNIONS: Nontechnical Production Personnel Performers, Writers, & Directors Technical Personnel Technicians & Engineers, plus some other production personnel BE AWARE OF LOCAL UNION RULES LEGAL ISSUES: LEGAL ISSUES Copyrights & Clearances: If you use copyrighted material you must procure proper clearances Rules can be vague but ignorance is not an acceptable defense Libel, Slander, Plagiarism, Right to Privacy, Obscenity, etc.: Check with legal counsel about these issues when appropriate AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES: AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES Audience Rating: The percentage of television households tuned to a specific station in a given population (total number of television households): AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES: AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES Specific of TV Households Tuned In ---------DIVIDED BY----------- Total Number of TV Households = RATING FIGURE AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES: AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES Audience Share: The percentage of television households tuned to a specific station in relation to all household using television: AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES: AUDIENCE RATINGS & SHARES Specific # of TV Households Tuned In ------------ DIVIDED BY- ---------- All Households USING Television = SHARE Main points: Main points Producing means seeing to it that a worthwhile idea becomes a worthwhile television show. The producer manages a great number of people and coordinates an even great number of production activities and details. Main points: Main points Generating program ideas on schedule is facilitated by brainstorming and clustering. Preproduction includes planning how to move from the idea to the script. Important preproduction items are the program proposal, the treatment, the budget and the script. Main points: Main points The coordination tasks in preproduction are establishing communication among all personnel involved, filing a facilities request, creating a realistic production schedule, securing permits and clearances, and taking care of publicity and promotion. Main points: Main points A good producer triple-checks everything. All of your actions must live up to the prevailing ethical standards. Main points: Main points A producer needs quick and ready access to a great variety of resources and information. Most nontechnical and technical production personnel belong to guilds or unions. Main points: Main points The usual copyright laws apply when copyrighted material is used in a television production An audience rating and share are different ways to measure your viewing audience. LOOKING AHEAD: LOOKING AHEAD QUIZ-CHAPTER TWO DUE 2/19 – NEXT CLASS SCANNED QUIZ SECTION IS UP ON BLACKBOARD CHAPTER THREE: THE SCRIPT TV PRODUCTION I: TV PRODUCTION I Maury Reminder: 4/2 – WEDNESDAY PICK-UP at 4pm (food & transportation provided) Takes place of regular class

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