If you’ve ever seen reality TV, or docu-history programs, it always seems so natural, so easy. It’s not. And I learned that the hard way during the first weekend of shooting in the hot summer sun. As the host and producer I had my work cut out for me and I will readily admit that it was tough. Here are a few lessons I learned:
(1)It’s not enough to just have an idea, a treatment is needed to determine if what you have in mind will actually work.
(2) Plan your shoot well so that you maximize the time you have with your team ( videographer, director) so that you’re not meandering around locations.
(3) Scout out locations well and determine if there will be any restrictions to access.
(4) Schedule interviews in advance so that you can capture enough interesting footage for the editor.
(5) Be flexible and collaborate.
All of this taught me that you need to have a team of professionals that can not only do the job well, but are in it to win it and believe in your vision. After spending some time with the DP/Director at the end of the day, I realized my original concept was not going to work-with his guidance and recommendations, we came up with a much stronger focus that I’m confident will be interesting, engaging and sellable,