Reality TV and Documentaries: Two Very Different Genres in Television Production
When you’re producing something for television, you have to keep your audience in mind. If you producing a reality TV show, the script is very important. People have come to expect a little bit of drama when it comes to this genre. On the other hand, if you’re producing a documentary, then it’s important to be as objective as possible and show your audience the facts. Your audience will appreciate it if you don’t beat them over the head with your viewpoint and allow them to make up their own minds.
So these are two very different genres, both of which may be seen on television. And working with an experienced video production company can give you an edge no matter which you’re planning to make.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re working in this genre:
- Script: Although reality TV seems more or less real, it is also scripted to some extent. So make sure you have a good script.
- Authenticity: It’s a good idea to capture people’s genuine expressions when they are surprised, happy, sad, pleased, interested, angry etc.
- Framing: Although you’re capturing things as they happen, remember to “frame” them correctly. For example, if two people are talking, they should both be in the frame. You can’t show one person’s face completely and only the back of the other person’s face.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re working this genre:
- Script: Once again, keep in mind the importance of the script. Most documentaries also have a voiceover which tells a story. So you can use this voiceover to connect the various parts of the script.
- Spontaneity: Keep an eye out of things happening spontaneously. For example, if you’re doing a documentary on a certain building which is a landmark and you see the sun setting behind it, make sure you capture that moment.
- Open-mindedness: While you’re making the documentary, you may find that you get more information about the subject and have to change your opinion about it. There’s nothing wrong with this.
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