The Producer's Playbook: Real People on Camera
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The Producer's Playbook: Real People on Camera : Directing and Working with Non-Actors

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Producer's Playbook: Real People on Camera is a no-nonsense guide for producers looking to get the best performances from "real people" to tell powerful stories on video. Director/producer Amy DeLouise brings years of experience to this resource for creating the best on-screen impact with non-actors for interviews, re-enactments, documentary and direct-to-camera messages. With useful case studies and tips on everything from managing locations and budgeting to strategies for managing crews and the expectations of executive producers and clients, this is an invaluable resource for professionals working in reality TV, documentary, corporate video, and more.













Ample case studies with perspectives from industry professionals interviewed by the author, as well as her own plentiful stories from the field







Tips are featured in sidebars throughout the text, so that readers can see how the information applies to real situations







Full-color photographs allow readers to visualize real world production situations







The appendix includes useful templates and checklists for working producers
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Product details

  • Hardback | 207 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13.97mm | 454g
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138920495
  • 9781138920491

Table of contents

I. Introduction








Motivation and goals for this book







The opportunities inherent in using "real people," not pro's







How to use the tools and case studies in this book for a wide range projects involving real people on camera-- reality TV, documentary, podcasts, journalism, news magazine, and short-form non-fiction such as corporate, issue advocacy, education and training.








II. Preparation


Ch. 1 Getting to Know Your Subjects








Researching Your Characters







Validators and Character Foils







Casting & Pre-Qualifying







Casting Children







Phone Pre-interviews







Rounding up visual assets (photos, video, etc.)







Knowing handlers







When Pre-Interviews or Casting Aren't Possible or Wise





Ch. 2 Preproduction Logistics








Budgeting and Bidding







Scheduling to allow creativity and spontaneity







Location Scouting







Locations for Interviews







Locations for re-enactments and b-roll







Location agreements







Talent Releases







Other rights to be aware of







Music rights







Copyrighted artwork/sculptures/architecture





Ch. 3 Planning Your Story








Story Arc Planning







When Reality Demands a Script







Planning for Scenarios and Re-enactments







Planning for B-roll








III. In the Field


Ch. 4 Tools and Strategies








Tapping into the Inner Performer







Introducing Your Team







Using Hair & Makeup as a "Way In"







Managing EP's and Handlers







Coaching without scaring





Ch. 5 Direct-to-Camera Delivery








To Rehearse or Not to Rehearse?







Working with VIP's and Experts







Working with Children







Nervous or Worried Subjects







Teleprompters







From iPads and do-it-yourself to prompter operator systems







Green-screen: When it works, when it doesn't







Camera Set-up Layouts and Recommendations







Case Studies: from Justin Bieber to Annie Lennox





Ch. 6 Scenarios & Re-enactments








Maximizing the Advantages of Real People in Scenes







Scenario vs Re-enactment: Which Do You Need?







Scenario Shot Planning







Obstacles and How to Avoid Them







Challenging Scenario Settings







Directing Kids in Scenarios







Planning in the Field that affects Your Edit







Master Shots, Camera Set-ups and Alternates







Coverage Options with Video Cameras and DSLRs







Post Production Strategies







Tips for keeping on schedule & budget







Case Study: Operating room safety "right way" "wrong way"







Case Study: Documentary re-enactment





Ch. 7 Beyond the Soundbite: Storytelling Through Interviews








Preparing for Your Interview







Camera setup and interviewer on or off-camera decisions







Setting Your Subject at Ease







Location considerations







Crew positioning







Creating a Story Arc with Interview Questions







When to use Talking Points, When to Avoid Them







Learning Styles and How They Impact Your Interview Strategy







Getting B-roll of Interview Subjects







Planning for Interview Post







Transcriptions, Audio recognition, and making your editor happy







Future-Proofing







Edit Workflows for Multiple Deliverables







Camera Set-up Recommendations (1-camera and 2-camera)







Tips for keeping on schedule & budget





Ch. 8 Challenging Interviews








Young children







Traumatized Subject







Nervous/inexperienced







VIPs, Celebrities and Experts







ESOL & When to Use a Translator







Experienced Interviewees







Case Study: Palestinian youth in outside location







Case Study: Philanthropic women in studio







Case Study: Appalachian families at home







Case Study: Woman who lost a child to SIDS








IV Managing Executive Producer, Crew & Client Relationships


Ch. 9 Defining the Mission








Connecting to Strategic Plans







Knowing the Players





Ch. 10 Workflows and Planning








Tools for Information-Sharing







Creating Value and Multiple Deliverables





Ch. 11 Cultivating Your Crew Relationships








Setting Expectations







Selecting the Right Team







Food Matters







Thanking and Mentoring





Ch. 12 Getting Approvals: from Storyboards to Final Cuts








Group Think and How to Avoid It







Strategies for Silos and Management Styles







Turning Challenging People into Team Players







Button-Pushers, Non-Deciders and People with Other Agendas







Big Personalities and Inexperienced Leaders





Conclusions & Final Tips
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About Amy Delouise

As an accomplished video director/producer with more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is an expert at working with non-professionals on camera. Her more than 40 creative excellence awards include the Telly, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, and CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C.


Amy is a sought-after speaker on a range of digital video topics at such industry conferences as the National Association of Broadcasters convention (NABShow). Her popular Lynda.com courses on Script Writing for Nonfiction Video, The Art of the Video Interview, and Video Editing: Moving from Production to Post can be found at www.lynda.com/AmyDeLouise. She has a B.A. in English from Yale University.


With Producer's Playbook: Real People on Camera, Amy brings her no-nonsense style, real-world anecdotes, and passion for non-fiction storytelling to film students and experienced production professionals alike. Amy offers additional tips, resources and blog posts at www.amydelouise.com.
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