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(Created page with 'Producing a show is a lot of work, and everybody wants their show to be watched and enjoyed by as many people as possible. When designing your show, here are some important tec...')
(Put Your Main Topic Up Front)
 
* News shows often start with a high-impact news summary during the first minute, summarizing the most important stories.  This keeps the viewer tuned in to see the details of what they care about, and does them a favor by not wasting their time if they aren't.
* News shows often start with a high-impact news summary during the first minute, summarizing the most important stories.  This keeps the viewer tuned in to see the details of what they care about, and does them a favor by not wasting their time if they aren't.
* Dramas introduce a problem or situation early, often with a "cold start" before the credits run.  A well written cold start can even give viewers a hint about who the main character of focus may be for the episode or whether the episode will deal with romance, comic moments, or disappointment.  The X-Files had excellent "cold opening" techniques which made it clear to viewers within the first few minutes whether an episode was a "mythology episode", an episode about the paranormal, or one of the episodes which revolved around comic, quirky situations.
* Dramas introduce a problem or situation early, often with a "cold start" before the credits run.  A well written cold start can even give viewers a hint about who the main character of focus may be for the episode or whether the episode will deal with romance, comic moments, or disappointment.  The X-Files had excellent "cold opening" techniques which made it clear to viewers within the first few minutes whether an episode was a "mythology episode", an episode about the paranormal, or one of the episodes which revolved around comic, quirky situations.
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* Lifestyle programs, such as home improvement shows, use techniques similar to news programs, but are more informal, and plant "hooks" in the viewers mind that will be answered later in the show.  For example, here is the kind of intro such shows often incorporate... "What if you could turn your backyard into a garden pardise.... for less than $100.   We'll introduce you to somebody who did just that, in a way that will surprise you.  We also review some great new garden tools that you may not know about."
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* Lifestyle programs, such as home improvement shows, use techniques similar to news programs, but are more informal, and plant "hooks" in the viewers mind that will be answered later in the show.  For example, here is the kind of intro such shows often incorporate... "What if you could turn your backyard into a garden pardise.... for less than $100?   We'll introduce you to somebody who did just that, in a way that will surprise you.  We also review some great new garden tools that you may not know about."
One mistake that is often made is to put information up-front which may be important to the show host, or to sponsors, but not the viewers.  Viewers do not want to hear about your favorite sponsor, or your favorite Second Life event, builder, charity, or personality unless it is the primary focus of your show.  They will especially be turned off by advertising or sponsorship messages.  Save these for later in the show, just before a break, or at the end.  If you have a high paying sponsor, include only ''one'' such sponsor up front, make the mention concise and well-written, and mention it after the show "hook".  But, the best is to avoid it.
One mistake that is often made is to put information up-front which may be important to the show host, or to sponsors, but not the viewers.  Viewers do not want to hear about your favorite sponsor, or your favorite Second Life event, builder, charity, or personality unless it is the primary focus of your show.  They will especially be turned off by advertising or sponsorship messages.  Save these for later in the show, just before a break, or at the end.  If you have a high paying sponsor, include only ''one'' such sponsor up front, make the mention concise and well-written, and mention it after the show "hook".  But, the best is to avoid it.

Current revision as of 23:49, 13 July 2009

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