The responsibilities behind the title “producer” will vary in reality television. Leslie Coffee, whose experience includes Police Women of Broward County, Police Women of Dallas, and Weird Travels, talks about the roles of story producer, field producer, and supervising producer.
“The responsibilities can differ,” Coffee says, “depending on the type of producer position, as well as the particular show or project involved. I mostly work as a story, field, or supervising producer on projects.”
“As a Story Producer, my responsibilities cover taking the story from pitch to post. After getting the initial story information, I’m in charge of finding and contacting participants for interviews, and then pre-interviewing those subjects prior to the field shoot.”
Coffee’s pre-interviewing lays the groundwork for strong on camera material. “This gives me the opportunity to find out the facts in advance for a more cohesive and better-told story. The subject may say something you had no idea happened, or correct any mistaken information. Oftentimes, this is also the point where a relationship is being established. You want the interview subject to like you, trust you, and WANT to tell their story to you.” READ MORE...
The Learning Channel series Police Women of Broward County focuses on women cops balancing intense police drama with home and family life. Reality TV producer Leslie Coffee, who works with Cheri Sundae Productions
, talked to us about her role in the TLC show.
“As a field producer, one of my absolute favorite jobs to do, it’s all about getting the story in the field. On a show like Police Women
, I have no idea what each day will bring, and must be able to roll with anything that happens.
“If my cop runs after a criminal, I run. If my cop is in a standoff, I’m hiding next to the car (as required), but listening to everything going on, taking notes for the hotsheet, and making sure myself or nobody in my crew gets shot.”READ MORE...
For over 20 years VFX pro Foster has been producing and providing training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics and special effects for DV and Film. Some of his clients include: Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, McDonnell Douglas, Nestlé, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Deluxe Digital, Universal Studios, Lions Gate Films and Disney.
Foster also operates a media production company, Sound Visions Media, where he specializes in producing promotional videos for businesses, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs who have a compelling story to tell.
Foster is an Adobe Certified Expert. We asked him what basic VFX techniques a beginning filmmaker with little or no budget could use.
“This really depends,” he says, “on the type of film the individual is trying to produce. If you're looking to do a sci-fi or horror film on a tight budget, then be sure to scale the production/post production to your abilities and resources or else you'll be the next Ed Wood!” READ MORE...