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CONFLICT The Producers Guide to Storytelling in Reality TV & Film
     

CONFLICT The Producers Guide to Storytelling in Reality TV & Film

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by Robert Thirkell
 

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Based on his popular international C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. seminars, television producer Robert Thirkell provides a professional toolkit for creating compelling storylines for factual or reality-based film and television.

The book features program examples from the UK and U.S. and includes well-known series such as Kitchen Nightmares, Wife Swap, The

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Based on his popular international C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. seminars, television producer Robert Thirkell provides a professional toolkit for creating compelling storylines for factual or reality-based film and television.

The book features program examples from the UK and U.S. and includes well-known series such as Kitchen Nightmares, Wife Swap, The Apprentice, Undercover Boss and Oprah's Big Give, plus advice from leading filmmakers and TV producers on the process of finding stories and characters, structuring scripts, filming, editing, delivery, and attracting an audience.

As anyone who has watched a video on YouTube knows, amateur video usually focuses on subject areas rather than storyline construction. To make the jump to professional reality programming and engage your audience, video producers must know how to identify the components of story and organize them, employing narrative construction while not interfering with the events of the documentary. This book will become the professional handbook for this popular genre.

Excerpt from the text:

"The Hundred Rules of Television:
To create winners, get different genres banging into each other.
Pick a mythic story, and stick to it.
Films do not need introductions, they need to get going, so get rid of the next ten minutes.

Your subject and story should seem big, while being small enough to film."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Robert Thirkell was voted Britain's No. 1 hottest Television Producer by Broadcast Magazine...and is an international TV consultant with a proven track record in making hit TV documentaries.” —The Guardian

“The recipe book of great television from one of the best TV makers in the world” —Jamie Oliver, Celebrity Chef

The Guardian

Robert Thirkell was voted Britain's No. 1 hottest Television Producer by Broadcast Magazine...and is an international TV consultant with a proven track record in making hit TV documentaries.
Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver

The recipe book of great television from one of the best TV makers in the world

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408129098
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Series:
Professional Media Practice Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
748,241
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Leading TV Producer, Robert Thirkell, is an international TV consultant with a proven track record in making hit TV documentaries and formats. Robert was Series Editor of Jamie's School Dinners and the original "formats" like Back to the Floor which was an inspiration for the hit TV American TV show Undercover Boss. He specializes in helping broadcasters and production companies worldwide to create documentary formats, oversee new brands, and sort out problem series.

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CONFLICT The Producers Guide to Storytelling in Reality TV & Film 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've worked in documentary and reality tv for over ten years and purchased this book to enhance my skills as a story producer. The book is one of the only of it's kind, and an excellent primer for anyone working in or aspiring to work in reality or documentary television. Excellent purchase.