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Directing and Producing for Television: A Format Approach

Directing and Producing for Television: A Format Approach
Author: Ivan Cury
ISBN 13: 9780240812939
ISBN 10: 24081293
Edition: 4
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 2010-10-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
List Price: $54.95

  • Hands-on approach based on author's many years as a TV director
  • Focuses on the production techniques, not the hardware
Directing & Producing for Television affords the reader a step-by-step approach to television direction and production. The emphasis is on the hands-on portion of the director's job in pre-production, production, and post-production. It approaches those tasks through the formats and the procedures that each format requires, including panel shows, music formats, standard television, public service announcements, and news programs.

The emphasis is on multiple camera television, although serious considerations is given to single camera production in those formats where single camera production is the predominant production technique (i.e., documentaries and commercials/PSAs). The material in the book comes from the author's own experience in the industry and in university settings. Finding that students are adept at handling equipment but often lacking in actual production technique, this text addresses what outlines are needed by whom and why; how to mark a script; what a rehearsal agenda ought to be, and more. This approach to television production, which outlines the demands of each format, gives the students the tools they need to help them direct and produce efficiently in a variety of settings.


A comprehensive and clear guide to all aspects of television directing, including preproduction, production, and post production. Discusses the different approaches required by panel programs, dramas, music, commercials/PSAs, news, and documentaries. Describes key personnel and equipment encountered on a shoot. The emphasis is less on technical considerations than on the creative production techniques needed to make the most out of each format. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.