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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879505967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879505964
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Del Valle...has succeeded in writing a thorough book on producing one-hour drama episodic television shows that is at once informative and accessible. Comprehensive details are given in such a way as to lure the reader in, interspersed with personal `observations', as well as those of experienced, award-winning professionals who write, produce, direct, shoot, post and edit some of the best hours of television that have aired on network and cable...Although the title states that this book is for producing the one-hour television drama, I would suggest that this book be part of every producer's personal library regardless of the genre in which he or she works...This book covers the many duties and responsibilities that comprise the job of a good producer, regardless if it's for a webisode, a sitcom, drama or multi-million dollar feature film...Beginning with an overview outlining the fundamental differences between film, TV dramas and TV sitcoms, Del Valle does a magnificent job explaining life in television production, specifically life on a one-hour drama...Mr. Del Valle's book should be required reading for anyone and everyone who desires to enter television production. It is also recommended to everyone working on a show who only may have worked in one little corner of production; this book clearly shows how all the pieces fit together and how one action - or inaction - in any given department impacts all other departments. -- Produced By (The Magazine of the Producers Guild of America), Summer 2008

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Every step along the way is covered, including * finding a fresh series concept * developing the pilot * casting * hiring directors, writers, and key crew members * budgeting * script breakdown * scheduling * production prep * production, from hair and makeup through transportation and shooting * post production * accepted accounting procedures * selling a pilot * what to do if your series is picked up * interacting with studios and networks

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on June 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
You will not find a better book on television production. Fast-paced, thorough and completely entertaining, it's not what you'd expect in what's sure to be a school textbook one day. He tells stories of his days in Hollywood that will leave you wondering as to whom he is referring to. But ever the gentleman, Mr Del Valle will go to his grave with those secrets.

He sure doesn't leave anything out when it comes to the real deal, producing a show. He lays it all out there. He tells you what he learned from the mistakes he made so you don't have to make 'em too. In a town where most people make more of themselves than they are, it's refreshing to meet someone who, well, doesn't.

This guy's got the goods. His knowledge, gained from 30+ years of experience in the biz, would serve anyone in a managerial position well.

Very informative AND entertaining. You won't be able to put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seebefree on January 15, 2013
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I've produced long-form and short films for year. And needed some accurate info so I wouldn't sound stupid pitching & interview for series gigs. This book has absolutely everything I needed to know about the production of a one-hour drama. Highly recommend it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clem J. Robins on January 20, 2013
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a fantastic exposure to the world of episodic TV production. i thought i had some sense of how difficult it is to produce an hour of television each week, but i really had no idea. if you're interested in working in the field, or are just curious about how it is that a feature film takes many months to produce, but your favorite TV show arrives every week, this book will clear a lot of things up for you. it certainly gave me a lot more respect for the people who do this kind of work.

however, since Mr. Del Valle is in the business of communication, i feel justified in trashing his writing style. like a lot of people, he's terrified of inclusive pronouns — that is, "HE" being understood as "HE or SHE". this results in a lot of tortured sentence constructions, on almost every page. he gives it a little variety: sometimes, instead of saying "he or she", he'll say "he/she". when he's really striving for effect, he'll say "they", in sentences which call for a first person singular. it gets pretty labored. are radical feminists standing over the poor guy's shoulder with a bull whip?

or maybe he had an editor who did all of this, which is what happened to me when I wrote "The Art of Figure Drawing".

yeah, it's a side issue. but Mr. Del Valle knows the value of communicating things cleanly and economically, considering his success in the film industry. when did the English language come to be used so defensively, so as to offend nobody, rather than simply to communicate with grace and artistry?

but the book's totally worth reading.
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