Duration: 11 Months
Now a days with TV channels running 24/7 and programmes being churned out like assembly-line factory products, time never seems to be on the side of the TV producer. Under such circumstances, production in TV is a very crucial and central responsibility.
After a programme is conceptualized, it basically goes through three broad phases: 1. Pre- Production.
3. Post- Production.
Pre-Production is the stage where an idea is explored in terms of written scripts, plans, schedules, treatment and other technical possibilities. This is the most important and crucial phase of production in TV. A mistake at this stage may result in the collapse of the entire production. During production, one does not get the time to think over issues because every second during production costs huge amounts of money and so no time can be wasted during this stage. Right from looking for actors to finalizing costumes and visualizing shots, every detail has to be addressed at this stage. A checklist has to be prepared for everything, equipments, schedules, costumes, actors, locations, properties etc. Permissions have to be obtained if required. Rehearsals have to be done at this stage. In case of an interview, relevant questions have to be chalked out during pre-production.
The second stage is Production itself. It is during this stage that all the planning that has been done during the pre-production stage are executed. Here every member of the crew, the producer, the cameraman etc. is assigned certain responsibilities and they have to be executed without failure. But in spite of taking immense care and precautions during pre-production, unforeseen circumstances do arise but the aim of the crew has to be to prevent the programmme from being a casualty. Gaps have to be filled in and for this the crew should always be ready with a contingency plan.
The last stage of a TV Production is the Post-Production stage unless the programme is directly telecast through a multi-camera set up. In that case postproduction happens simultaneously with production where a central control unit attached to the studio floor controls and manages the programme. However, programmes that are not directly telecast go through the stage of postproduction wherein the shot footage is sorted, assembled, edited, dubbed and packaged neatly for telecast. It is the last stage during which the director/producer of the programme can give shape to the programme in a way in which he or she had visualised it in the beginning.
A course in TV Production here at Delhi Film Institute will try to train an individual with a comprehensive knowledge of all these stages of production. A student will be acquainted with the entire process in a way that he or she has a sound knowledge of all the phases and is professionally equipped enough to go out to the industry and confidently handle responsibilities of production without having to go through the painful ordeal of getting acquainted with the set up. This would logically lead to quick growth without having to spend too much time in training.