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Directing and Producing for Television, 4th Edition

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Directing and Producing for Television provides you with the tools you'll need to direct and produce effectively in a variety of settings. Based on his years of experience in the industry and teaching the subject, Cury illustrates fundamental principles with engaging anecdotes that teach by example.

Ideal for students in television production courses as well as industry professionals, Directing and Producing for Television addresses critical production techniques for various formats including panel programs, demonstration, scripted, music, commercials, PSAs, news, documentaries, remote broadcasting, and sports. Each chapter concludes with a valuable review section summarizing key points.

Written with both the director and producer in mind, but particularly relevant for the television director, Directing and Producing for Television gives a comprehensive overview of the facility (studio, control room, and/or support areas) and provides who's who information covering the various jobs and personnel involved in television programs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface and Acknowledgments
  8. 1. Introduction
    1. The Director/Producer’s Job
    2. Television Formats
      1. First Big Divide
      2. Second Big Divide
    3. Basics for all Formats
      1. The Scaled Ground Plan
      2. Cross-Shooting
      3. The 180-Degree Rule
      4. Rule of Thirds
      5. Some Conventions
      6. Inventions, Innovations, and Trends
    4. New Conventions
    5. Overall Scope and Plan of the Text
    6. Review
  9. 2. The Facility
    1. Parts of Any Facility
      1. The Studio
      2. The Control Room
      3. The Support Area
    2. The Studio
      1. The Floor
      2. Walls
      3. The Grid
      4. Electric Outlets
      5. Circuits
      6. The Ceiling
    3. The Control Room
      1. Audio Gear: Control Room
      2. Video Gear
    4. The Studio Complement
      1. Camera Equipment
      2. Audio Equipment
      3. Stage Equipment
    5. Support Areas
      1. Entrance and Lobby
      2. Office Space
      3. Green Room
      4. Dressing Rooms
      5. Makeup
      6. Hair
      7. Wardrobe
      8. Master Control
      9. Recording
      10. Feeds
      11. Library
      12. Telecine
      13. Graphics
      14. The Audience
      15. Screening Rooms
    6. Review
  10. 3. Who’s Who
    1. Preproduction
      1. The Executives
      2. The Production/Program Assistants
      3. The Director
      4. The Production Manager
      5. Operations/Scheduling
      6. Engineering
      7. Accounting
      8. The Set Designer
      9. The Art Director/Set Decorator
      10. The Lighting Designer
      11. Optional Attendees
    2. Production
      1. Reception
      2. Studio Manager
      3. Engineering Crew
      4. Stage Manager
      5. Stage Crew
      6. Paint Crew
      7. Prop Crew
      8. Light Crew
      9. Talent
      10. Choruses, Extras, Family and Friends, and Animals …
      11. Graphics
      12. Makeup and Hair
    3. Postproduction
      1. The Account Executive/Sales
      2. Scheduling
      3. Reception
      4. Library
      5. Shipping
      6. The Editors and Editing
      7. The Sound Mixer
    4. Management Services
    5. Review
      1. Preproduction
      2. Production
      3. Postproduction
      4. Editing History
  11. 4. Panel Programs
    1. Seating Arrangements
    2. Ground Plan and Pictures of a Typical Panel Program
    3. Seating Arrangements and Camera Coverage
      1. 180 Degrees with the Host at the End: Pros and Cons
      2. Shooting 180 Degrees with the Host at the End
      3. 180 Degrees with the Host in the Middle: Pros and Cons
      4. Shooting 180 Degrees with the Host in the Middle
      5. 360 Degrees—Host Surrounded: Pros and Cons
      6. Shooting 360 Degrees
    4. Program Routine
    5. Script Format
    6. Rehearsal Procedure
      1. Item #1
      2. Item #2
      3. Item #3
      4. Item #4
      5. Item #5
      6. Item #6
      7. Item #7
      8. Item #8
      9. Item #9
      10. Item #10
    7. The Shoot
    8. Review
  12. 5. Demonstration Format
    1. Director in Control
    2. Show-and-Tell Material: A Guideline for Creation
      1. Preproduction
      2. Production
      3. Coordinate Pictures with Ideas
      4. Create a Routine
      5. Rehearsal
      6. The Real Thing
      7. Display Area
    3. The Demonstration
    4. Single-Camera Demonstration Programs
    5. Review
  13. 6. Scripted Format
    1. Drama
    2. Conventions
    3. The Ground Plan
    4. The Shooting Script
      1. Pencil Exercise
      2. Marking the Blocking
      3. Marking the Cameras
    5. Shot Sheets
    6. Rehearsal Room
    7. Studio Walk-Through
    8. Studio Run-Through
    9. Recording/Live
    10. Rehearsal Schedules
      1. Daytime Drama Rehearsals
      2. Sitcoms
    11. Scored Music
    12. Dance Script
      1. Rehearsing
    13. Review
  14. 7. Music
    1. Preproduction
    2. Routine Considerations
    3. Preproduction—The Rehearsal
    4. Preproduction—Rehearsal Hall
      1. General Rehearsal Guidelines
    5. Recording Steps
      1. Audio
      2. Video
      3. Shot List
      4. Location Shooting Schedule
    6. Stock Shots
      1. Music Stock Libraries
      2. Video Stock Libraries
      3. Nonlibrary Material
    7. Basic Shooting Concepts
    8. The Production
      1. Television Studio Rehearsal and Production
      2. Camera Placement
      3. Production Rehearsal
      4. Editing
    9. Review
  15. 8. Commercials and Public Service Announcements
    1. Similarities and Differences
    2. Preproduction
    3. Cost Analysis
    4. Specialized Gear
      1. Sweep Table
      2. Light Tent
      3. Image Motion Control
      4. Animation
    5. Production
      1. Shooting
        1. Shot Procedure
        2. Multiple-Camera Shoots
        3. Extra Shots and Wrapping Up
    6. Postproduction
    7. Review
  16. 9. News
    1. News Program Characteristics
    2. Preproduction
      1. The Director
      2. The Producer
    3. Routines and Rundowns
    4. Production/Presentation
      1. The Producer—On Air
      2. The Director
    5. Review
  17. 10. Documentaries and Reality Programming
    1. Background
      1. The Idea
      2. Formats
    2. Preproduction, Production, and Postproduction
      1. Documentary Production Plan
      2. Shooting
      3. Viewing
      4. Editing
      5. A Production Log for a Montage
    3. Reality Programming
    4. Review
      1. Background
      2. Production
      3. Tips
      4. Postproduction
  18. 11. Multiple-Camera Remotes
    1. The Basics
      1. Trucks
    2. “Directing Toys”
    3. Jibs and Cranes
      1. The Jib
      2. The Crane
    4. Tech Books
    5. Presentation Material: Concerts, Plays, and Presentational Events
      1. Stage
      2. Light and Sound
      3. Popular Music: Rock and Roll, Country, and Jazz
      4. Classical Music
    6. Sports: The Ultimate Reality Programs
      1. 180 Degrees
      2. Cross-Shooting
      3. Camera Positions
      4. Line Sports
      5. Circle Sports
      6. Hardware
      7. Crews
      8. Director
      9. Producer
      10. Form Sports
      11. Game Rules
    7. News and Documentary Events
      1. Preproduction
      2. Production
      3. Postproduction
    8. Review
      1. Presentation
      2. Sports
      3. News and Documentary Events
  19. appendix one. Script Formatting
  20. appendix two. Sources and Job Hunting
  21. Glossary and Jargon Buster
  22. Index