Nowadays reality TV shows are the most viewed and rake in a lot of revenue from advertisers thanks to their often dramatic and confrontational nature and the ways it can enrage viewers. Whether or not these shows are scripted by its producers, they all prove successful either way. With its often unforgettable characters, on screen fights and romantic hook ups, shows like these almost never fail.
You have so many ideas you want to implement into this genre, but ideas don’t make a show. You want to know how to start a reality TV show that is truly intriguing. What should you buy in order to start production? You’re lucky to have found this article, because here, you will learn what it takes to make a reality TV show.
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You need to come up with the show’s whole reason for existing. Did you want a show that pitted highly trained chefs against one another or a group of twenty somethings glorifying alcoholism, STDs, and cat fights? Try to align your shows concept with the kind of audience your going for. Do you want an audience of mostly men, women or bored stay at home moms? These are all questions you need answers to in order to form your show’s basis.
You can be behind the camera and in control of the production, as long as your cast is comfortable with your creative direction. A well known secret in the industry is that reality TV isn’t actually all that real, so if you want an intense moment to go as planned, you want your actors to be comfortable in front of the camera and can handle direction. If the show is focused on you instead, then set aside time to practice your persona, whether its one that’s trashy of classy.
How do you get the money for the equipment? If your idea is compelling enough, you’ll find that a lot of people will want to back it through crowd funding. If you think your show is good enough to pitch to an agent, then they’ll have no problem finding funding for you to get the show made. This step requires finesse and people skills in order to convince an agency to give your project a budget to start it up.
You can’t do everything yourself, which is why you need a crew of people that are good at what they do. You need camera men, lighting guys, sound engineers, the works. If this production is more independent in nature and may lack in funding, enlisting your friends who may have a background in each of these would be helpful. Once you have a crew handling each category, you’ll have more time and energy to focus on the show’s direction.
You’ve gotten this far. Now is the time to actually get some footage. Make sure to stick to your filming schedules as if you are being backed by an agent or a production company, lost time means wasted money. This is the part where you can also discuss your creative visions with the editor. It is your concept after all.