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Directing and Producing for Television, 4th Edition by Ivan Cury

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chapter ten

Documentaries and Reality Programming

This chapter consists of two parts. The first part deals with some of the background and thinking that go into producing a documentary, including:

•  The idea

•  The format in which the idea is presented

•  The trends that may have affected the choices of format and storyline

The section on documentaries also examines the preproduction, production, and postproduction aspects of documentary production. For the most part, the material in this chapter deals with single-camera production. Multiple-camera documentaries are covered in Chapter 11, “Multiple-Camera Remotes.” The second part of this chapter deals with reality programming.

BACKGROUND

Documentaries are produced using either single-camera ...

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