NICHE TO BROAD, BIG TO LEAN: CONCEPTS OF SCALE IN FACTUAL

Craft Leading factual producers reveal how they tackled projects of scale … and scale doesn’t always mean big budget.

Leading factual producers reveal how they tackled programs of significant scale. From giant crews and fixed rigs, to managing multiple crews in remote locations, to leading a tiny team shooting across a long timescale – all gathering more footage than they ever imagined.

What are the different production approaches they employed to get the most out of the story and budget? Do you go big, long, lean, broad or deep with your story?

Debbie Cuell (Head of Genre and Executive Producer,  Endemol Shine), Jocelyn Little (Executive Producer, Beach House Pictures) and Ben Ulm (Head of Factual and Reality, ITV Studios) will join moderator Sarah Thornton (Network Ten) to discuss how they maintain story finesse (and sanity) when facing next-level size of production logistics, tricky stakeholders and a gobsmacking shooting ratio. How can you invert your production approach on the same story material? How did they do it when they’d never done it before?

This session is a window on to how three accomplished producers have honed their production approaches over the years. Debbie, Jocelyn and Ben’s careers embody the full spectrum of scale, from big blue-chip to lean ob-doc. They will dissect the makings-of major fixed rig series One Born Every Minute, the observational Who Gets to Stay in Australia and premium natural history on a low budget in Wild City. What have these producers learnt along the way on returning series Ambulance and Ed Stafford: First Man Out and how was it living in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!?

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