Competition Reality Shows are often good examples of creating positive and negative representations. You are to create your own positive and negative representation in a short reality show. Your reality show will include character introduction segments, competition footage and after interviews.
You are to create a pitch for your competition based reality show. Your show will be based around two characters competing in a simple activity such as Rock/Paper/Scissors, coin flip, 20m sprint or arm wrestling.
A pitch is used to sell a show, so you need to make your show sound exciting as possible.
What are you going to call your show? Must be catchy to gain interest from your audience. Puns and Alliteration are good starts.
A single sentence description of the show that conveys the basic idea as well as where your conflict will come from.
A basic outline on what will happen on your show. Should include how the actual competition bit will work. Include the logistics of the show such as where it will be shot.
Description of the two people you will be using as characters on your show. Your characters need to be somehow opposites of each other. You may need to exaggerate or even create certain parts of someone’s personality.
The purpose of the profile interview is to introduce your characters to the audience in a way that makes them instantly relatable and helps the viewer decide who to identify with and who to root for. As a rule, good interviews ask questions that can’t be answered with a “Yes” or “No” and push your subjects to answer thoughtfully in full, complete statements. Always remember, questions posed in interview must be incorporated into the answer.
Make a list of five questions to be asked in each interview. Beneath each question, write what you think the perfect response would be in italics in the form of a statement. Why? Because being in front of the camera can be intimidating for some people and if they need help coming up with an answer that fills your needs, you’ve got one right there for them.
Don’t ask generic questions in profile interviews. Do your homework and formulate questions that will yield emotional or revealing responses.
When shooting your interviews, don’t forget to shoot some b-roll to cover up any edits you need to make.