TV Show – Sample Materials

Posted: November 14, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18, Creative Media Production
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You should now have completed your industry research (the Case Study) and have completed your Treatment (Proposal plus details about Style, equipment, access etc), along with cast (Suggested stars and more realistic options), target Audience, budget & Funding, Production Schedule (with launch date and contingencies), legal & ethical issues and scheduling time… and put them all in the submission folder on the Creative Arts Drive.

Now it’s time to move onto the bit where you prove it.

“Sample Materials” are simply the things you do to show what it will look like. So, all the things you said it would be in the treatment, you need to show. So, for example  – if you are making a comedy, write a script that is funny, and turn it into a short section of your TV show – that is funny.

You could film a section specifically to  show the style of the show. You could design the logo and make an opening sequence.  You could make a trailer, only shooting what you need for the trailer – key shots, key actions etc.

You could do promotional material – trailers, teasers, posters etc. You could shoot a whole test episode. You could actually make a key scene, or do test effects. The choices are wide, and depend on what you have planned!

At the most basic, for a pass you could write a script, do a storyboard and a design for a poster.
For a merit, you would need to make these things – so, shoot the script, make the poster using good quality images. For a distinction, make it look like an actual TV show…
Remember, the submission needs to show your involvement. So, for most written work this needs to be your version. When it comes to making videos, this will always be a group effort – so make sure you are able to show your contribution to the production.

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