A.F.7570 Non-Scripted (Reality Show) Creation and Production (3 units)
This course aims to investigate and involve students in the well-established, popular, and continuously transmuting genre of entertainment programming known as 'non-scripted' or 'reality' television. It considers the global phenomenon of the genre and the localized changes contributing to the evolving formats and narratives in the genre. Lectures with discussions, presentations, and industry guests will allow students to examine and evaluate a range of issues for reality shows including, but not limited to: structures and conventions of formats in Eastern and Western cultural contexts; honoring Intellectual Property (IP); development and production stages; sponsorship and multi-platform tie-ins; and distribution with a focus beyond the local and on international distribution. Finally, students will synthesize the material to create an original format with a 'high concept' that considers and appeals to changes in the demographics of consumers. Students will refine their presentation skills and skills as a producer as they will pitch their concept in class with the goal of viable distribution via network/channel/internet, and global marketing to include Hong Kong and mainland China while traveling beyond their borders.
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