Styles of Editing

What is editing Essentially, shots and scenes take on specific meanings when they are juxtaposed with other shots. This juxtaposition is editing. It can manipulate time and create drama, tension, action, and comedy. Without editing, you'd only have disconnected pieces of an idea floating in isolation, looking for a connection. Editing for television follows most of the classic editing guidelines for film that were established by American director D. W. Griffith and Russian directors V. I....

Producers Titles

In scripted TV, producers can also be writers. From show to show and genre to genre, producers' titles and their job descriptions can vary considerably. Below, you'll find a sampling of titles that genuine, hard-working producers work under. Executive Producer This is the murkiest of all producers' titles because it covers the gamut of descriptions. It's meant to designate the person who makes the deals, finds the finances, and or puts the package of writer, director, actors, and or crew...

Build a Demo Reel

The purpose of a demo reel is to reflect your professional abilities, your creativity, and your technical know-how. Each producer's demo reel is unique, because it reflects his or her specific vision and talent. The demo reel contains short clips and excerpts of your best work. They can be edited to a music track with quick cuts, or clips strung together with special effects and wipes. Because most people won't view more than 3 to 4 minutes, put your best work at the beginning and at the end....

Executive producer The Late Show with David Letterman

Q As an Executive Producer on The Late Show with David Letterman, what is it that you do A This is a question my mother went to her grave asking. What exactly do you do Did you talk to any celebrities What can I tell my friends There are actually nine Emmy-eligible producers, and four of us are executive producers. Q What does each of you do, and how do you divide responsibilities among you A Rob Burnett is the CEO President of Worldwide Pants, Dave Letterman's production company. The company's...

Segment Producer for Dateline

Q You've both kindly agreed to be interviewed together because your career paths have intersected for years. Let's go back to the beginning. Who would like to talk first Ann I'll start because I got here first. For me, it started many years ago, when I interviewed Jane Pauley for a radio show I was doing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I was living at the time. I created the opportunity to interview her because I was looking to move from my job then into a producing job. Q And you knew what...

Hiring Union versus Nonunion Talent

There are pros and cons to each option. Hiring union members generally assumes that they are professionals with experience. However, unions dictate specific rates and rules for working conditions that producers and the union member must adhere to. There is also extra paperwork and payments such as P amp W, benefits, and other costs. Nonunion talent and crew can be as experienced and professional as union members without the restrictions of a union governing their work. Producers often pay their...