Producing Nonfiction TV Remotely: Panel 1

A two-panel series

Event Details

Wednesday June 24, 2020 7:00 pm
Click RSVP to register for the June 24th and/or June 29th panel.
via Zoom

What do I need to know about producing nonfiction TV remotely?

For information on the June 29th panel, click here.

The Writers Guild of America, East is hosting two panels on our new reality: remote TV production.  This is a training and conversation with producers and showrunners currently or recently involved on shows produced remotely during the COVID-19 crisis .  We will discuss the tools and apps needed for remote production as well as the changes  in workflow and team dynamics during remote production.

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Work flow changes working remotely.
  • Critiquing quality of self-shot interview footage from the field; giving constructive notes to elicit best look (background items, depth of field, lighting, framing, hair and makeup, etc)
  • Work/life balance – setting parameters for work hours and managing expectations of team
  • Setting up your home work space
  • LogMeIn Client and other remote access apps
  • Practical online tools and apps.
  • Interviewing remotely: Choosing best shots, creatively matching the narrative of series.
  • Intertwining professional polished video with self shot footage to elevate quality.
  • Relinquishing perfectionism while still getting a great show.
  • Filming beyond the zoom box. Creative ways to approach scene work.
  • Managing mental/physical health (of self and teams) in times of uncertainty/unrest.
  • Skills to expand/brush up on while producing remotely
  • Bebop (alternative program for screening/noting/editing)

Thanks to a generous grant from the Consortium for Worker Education there is no fee for this event. You do no have to be a Guild member to attend, and thanks to the magic of the webinar we look forward to having people from all over the country. The idea behind this training was proposed by the Writers Guild Nonfiction Campaign Women of Color Caucus, and in collaboration with them we would like to encourage BIPOC people in the nonfiction industry to attend.

Meet the June 24th Panelists

Click each name for a brief bio.

Rey Amaya

Rey has worked in non-fiction TV since 2003, with a concentration in post for the past decade. Some recent credits include Moonshiners for Discovery (co-executive producer), Somebody Feed Phil for Netflix (story producer), and Black Ink Crew: New York for VH1 (supervising story producer). When Covid-19 forced production to shut down in the middle of March 2020, his team of eight (Avid) editors and five post producers quickly shifted to working remotely to finish the final five episodes of season 8 of BIC: New York. He also worked remotely to finish the final four episodes of Black Ink Chicago’s latest season on VH1. All from a small apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and 5 year old son, both of whom were remote learning and working from home as well.

Claire Gordon

Claire Gordon is the showrunner and an executive producer of “Explained” on Netflix, produced by Vox Media. Previously, she was a senior producer for two Emmy Award-winning seasons of the HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” where the segment she produced on abortion restrictions won Television Academy Honors for using television to promote social change. Before that, she was an investigative journalist for Al Jazeera America. She’s won a Peabody, and SurvJustice’s first-ever “Breaking the Silence” journalism award for improving the prospect of justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Eneida I. DelValle

Journalist and producer Eneida I. DelValle, currently a Producer with the Investigative Unit at CBS News, has worked in all areas of media including radio, television and print, traveling across the globe, documenting both the Latino and non-Latino experiences. She’s passionate about story telling, social issues, human interest stories, environment, education and politics but most importantly changing the way the world views Latinos. She’s currently a Producer within the Investigative Unit at CBS News.
A self-professed news and music junkie, bookworm and lover of comics and art, you can frequently find her at rock and photographing the streets of New York. She graduated with honors from The City College of New York, CUNY. She was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Brooklyn by her mom, who’s her hero.

Chinisha Scott (Moderator)

Chinisha is a producer, writer, director, and multi-media artist working in TV, film, and live production. She has worked with major media & arts institutions including McGee Media, Firelight Media, Left/Right TV, VICE, NPR, Carnegie Hall, and more. She spent over a decade at DCTV, where she was the Associate Director of Youth Programs and a teaching artist – instructing NYC high school and college students in social justice and self-advocacy through the art of filmmaking. Her work on the PBS special Our Cameras, Our Stories (a DCTV production) has been recognized with a NY Emmy nomination (2015) and a Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism (2016). Chinisha is a certified Prince super-fam and cheerful nihilist with a penchant for witty, sometimes self-deprecating humor. She attended The New School where she received her MA in Media Studies, and a BA in Cinema Studies with a minor in African-American Studies from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, cum laude.

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