Digital Television Production: A Handbook by Jeremy Orlebar

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By Jeremy Orlebar

This can be a step by step better half designed to educate the reader find out how to flip rules into fascinating courses appropriate for broadcast tv. geared toward novices to the tv and, in particular, scholars taking classes in sensible tv reports, it deals a transparent and simple presentation of the total construction technique written by means of an skilled manufacturer, director, author and lecturer within the box of tv construction.

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Creating a programme Your treatment puts flesh and bones onto your idea, but you still have to deliver real people in real locations to create your factual programme. Three elements are essential to make this happen on the screen: story, characters, access. These are necessary elements for any documentary about anything that you are likely to see on television except possibly wildlife, and even then you can substitute animals for characters. STORY CHARACTERS +- ACCESS Story You already have a good idea, but is it a good 'story'?

Ask to speak to the manager or person in charge. 4 If they • • • • are not there ask: When will they will be in? Have they got a mobile phone number? Is there someone else I can talk to? Can I leave a message (as a last resort)? ' 4 'Hello my name is from television production company. I am making a programme about for a local TV cable channel. I hear you are an expert. ' (Don't promise something you cannot deliver). If they seem reluctant to agree 4 'We can film at any time to suit you'. 4 'I am sure that you are very busy, but we are extremely quick and efficient'.

A good story 'Dog bites man' is a story, but not one that will interest anyone. 'Man bites dog' is a much better story. It is unusual and immediately arouses the interest of the viewer - why on earth would someone do that? To make the story really stand up the dog should probably be of the furry friend variety, and not just any old mutt, and definitely should not have 20 I Preproduction suffered in this encounter. So this could be a story of the'skateboarding duck' variety. It is an amusing and unusual encounter between animal and man.

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