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Pitch Checklist

Posted: November 28, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18
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This is a general pitching checklist, but I have added a few things specifically for OCR:
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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.

TV Show Development

Posted: November 7, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18
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You are developing your TV Show in line with ProfesisonalBoradcast expectations.

Look at the show that are influencing you, and research them –

  • conventions of the genre
  • Production companies- who owns what, who makes it, who broadcasts it.
  • How it makes money, how much money it takes to make
  • Actors, stars and people who are in it – what else have they been in?
  • Locations – where are shows shot?
  • Sets – what do the sets look like? How are they made?
  • How is the idea sold? How is social media used?
  • Target Audience – make profiles of audience using BARB, Yougov, IMDB etc.
  • How is it broadcast? How is it distributed?
  • What regulatory bodies look over it? Check out Ofcom’s broadcasting code.

Armed with this information, you need to write your treatment.

You will need to describe your idea a simply as possible – Name the show, Tag Line (Tweetable), then simple description to make it memorable (25 words).

Then you can go into detail, using the research from the existing shows as a model.

So,

  • Write a  proposal.
  • add details about style & content to make it a treatment.
  • Add suggested Cast / stars
  • Add Target Audience – based on Profiles developed base don influencing shows.
  • This should give you ideas about Budget and Funding – potential advertisers, potential cost etc.

 

Swede Groups 2016

Posted: September 8, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18, General
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So, at this stage you need to be planning. Work on LO1 – all the pre production paperwork for the filming. Then you can start deciding when & where to film and with whom.
Get a clear idea of what you are doing and how you are going to do it. That way, it will be easier to actually make it.

Remember – when it comes to the Production Schedule, always make sure your cast, crew, location and equipment are available all at the same time…

 

Blogging Etiquette

Posted: September 8, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18
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As we go through the course, we will look in more detail about managing your blogs. For the moment, please just post! As we go on, we will look at using categories and menus to help organize your work.

At the very minimum, please create a category of “Induction” and post your CH4 Case study and swede posts in that.

Also, make sure you Shot sizes video is up, as well as the Raiders video with notes about you role underneath. You may find that some of these posts can be applied to more than one unit (hint, hint).

This is an introduction to the paperwork that you need for your planning. Depending on your production, not all of it will be needed for your pre production folder. Download the checklist and make sure you have filled out all the planning you need to do.

The best thing to do is to collect the paperwork you feel most comfortable with. here I have presented the ones I like, in a logical order. If you make a model now, you will find it easier to plan later.

Production Check list – you may need to adapt this to what you need, the purpose is to make sure you have thought of everything.
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Pitching

Posted: October 30, 2011 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 14_16, CMP 15_17, CMP 16_18, FdA 11_13
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Pitching is one of those things that is impossible to describe how to do. It is only really measurable by a positive outcome – you sell you idea to the person with the money.

There are basic guidelines, as you will see in the two documents attached to this post. There is advice. But the only way to learn is by experience.

Some people have had amazing success just by talking. Others by dressing up in rabbit costumes. Ridley Scott famously doubled his budget just by having some damn nice storyboards.
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