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Author Miller, Catriona, 1968- author.

Title Creating TV formats from inception to pitch / Catriona Miller, Hazel Marshall and Linda Green
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023


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Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Illustrations -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 What Is a Format? -- Going in Circles? -- Why Do Formats Matter? -- What Is a Format?: Three Paradoxes -- A Good Story -- Exercise: Getting Your Eye In -- References -- 2 Be Creative -- What Is Creativity? -- Getting to Know You: Some Insights From Jungian Psychology -- The Conscious and Jungian Typology -- The Jungian Unconscious -- But What About the Brain? -- Being Creative? -- Exercise: Flipping Modes -- References -- 3 Do Creative
Creativity as a Process: Some Background -- Prepare -- Play -- Participate -- Identify the Purpose -- the Big TEASER -- TE: Topics Or Trends Into Emotions -- A: Access -- S: Success -- E: Extremes -- R: Real Life -- Exercise: Practice Makes Perfect -- Get Picky -- References -- 4 Shape It -- Story Shapes -- Popular Format Story Shapes: The Three "Cs" -- Competition Formats -- Change Formats -- Choice Formats -- And Then There Was One... -- Exercise: Start at the End -- Building the Contours -- Exercise: Where in the World? -- But You Do Make the Rules -- Exercise: Who's in Control?
Story Dispensing -- Exercise: What Is the Trajectory? -- Back Round Again -- Exercise: Yes, But What Is It Really About? -- References -- 5 Build It -- Format Points -- Exercise: Stepping-Stones -- A Class Act -- Exercise: Act Up -- Keep the Beat -- Exercise: Finding the Beat -- Challenge It! -- Exercise: Set the Challenge/Get the Emotion -- A High-Wire Act -- Exercise: Take the Strain -- The Pot of Gold -- References -- 6 Design It -- Exercise: Getting Your Eye In (Again) -- Where in the World? -- Exercise: How Special Is "Special"? -- Sensible Advice -- Setting the Right Tone
Exercise: Striking the Right Note -- Good Value(s) -- Exercise: Set the Code -- Bringing It All Together: Mise-En-Scène -- Exercise: Detail It and Style It Out -- It's the One Where... -- Exercise: The One and Only -- Move Away From the Obvious? -- Exercise: Change Your Tune? -- References -- 7 Populate It -- What Is a Character? -- Story World Participant Roles -- Exercise: Hero of the Hour? -- The Antagonist -- Exercise: Opposing Forces? -- The Companion (Dispatcher/Helper/Mentor/Changemaker) -- Exercise: Three and Three -- Format Participant Roles -- Exercise: Who Is Invited?
Exercise: A Class Act -- Casting -- Finding Motivation -- Exercise: What's My Motivation? -- Note -- References -- 8 Drive It -- Driving Yourself -- Exercise: Know Your Drivers -- An Ideas Team -- Is Your Ideas Team "Just Right"? -- Exercise: Team Goldilocks -- Is Your Creative Climate Right for Ideas to Flourish? -- Driving Others to Believe in You -- Exercise: IWISHU -- Driving Others to Give You Feedback -- Exercise: Staying Positive -- Driving Others to Buy Your Format: Pitching! -- Different Forms of Pitches -- Pitch Content -- Bringing It Together and Keeping It Simple
Summary Creating TV Formats: From Inception to Pitch takes the reader through a step-by-step process of how to generate ideas, develop story lines and characters and hook an audience, whilst staying aware of the realities of the media landscape. Beginning with a discussion about what a TV format is, each chapter then introduces a key aspect of the development process, such as looking for ideas, shaping the underlying story and thinking about participants. Practical exercises guide the reader through each stage of turning an initial idea or subject matter into a hook or insight; the importance of incorporating storytelling principles and techniques for designing and populating a story world. Examples from successful television formats such as First Dates and The Great British Bake Off are interwoven throughout the book alongside exclusive insights from the key industry professionals who brought them to the screen. From short-form digital content to longer unscripted series, this is an essential guide to discovering and developing formats for any media or television production student or early career development professional
Notes Catriona Miller, PhD, is a professor in Media at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she teaches on creativity and media content development. Her research interests include storytelling and the archetypal dimensions of science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, publishing her monograph Cult TV Heroines in 2020. She also publishes on Jungian film theory and co-edited Exploring Depth Psychology and the Female Self: Feminist Views from Somewhere with Leslie Gardner in 2021. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Hazel Marshall is a writer, story trainer and consultant with a diverse background in the craft of shaping narratives across a wide range of factual genres and platforms. She ran popular, practical storytelling workshops for almost ten years at the BBC, training hundreds of programme makers in her time there. She continues to train production teams making series for multiple channels and streamers and has been a story or script consultant on numerous award-winning landmark series. Linda Green is Founding Director of Leading Creative Talent helping to develop and sell formats in the UK and internationally, providing creative development and pitch coaching for major broadcasters and production companies. Prior to this, as Head of Creative Leadership at the BBC, Linda designed the BBC’s Creative Leadership Programme which delivered new ideas and talent for the UK’s top formats. Linda speaks regularly at industry events and has delivered creative ideas and leadership seminars for universities across Europe
Subject Television authorship -- Vocational guidance -- Great Britain
Reality television programs -- Production and direction -- Vocational guidance -- Great Britain
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
Television authorship -- Vocational guidance.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
Author Marshall, Hazel, 1969- author.
Green, Linda, 1973- author.
ISBN 9781000805048