SHE’S DIRECTED: PART ONE – HOW A TRAVEL SHOW IDEA TAKES FLIGHT

SO, YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A TRAVEL SHOW (OR ANY FILM)?

I make my living as a freelance producer in film and television. I have been fortunate to have twice been given the task of directing and producing travel show pilots for independent producers.  Everyone has ideas for film and TV shows. I am a firm believer that we all share a collective consciousness. While you may think your story is new or groundbreaking I’m guessing that someone, somewhere has had the same idea before.  The key is to be the first one to bring the concept to life.

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NAPKIN TO REALITY

Many of our favorite shows started as doodles on a bar napkin. If you have an idea write it down and dream big! Let your mind wander. Once you’ve jotted down your best concepts ask yourself the following questions:

1.     Are there shows/movies that are comparable? If so, what makes your story different from others that have been made before?

2.     Why should people listen to you? What makes you an expert?

3.     What is your over reaching theme? Adventure or budget, food or lodging. Are you specializing on a certain country or region?

4.     Of all of your ideas, are there people in your network that could contribute to help bring this project to life?

STEP #1 –  DEVELOPMENT

Everything started with an introduction. I was recommended as a director to an independent producer who was looking to create and host her own travel show. I have been directing film and theatre my entire life with a balance between documentary and narrative. Travel related media is directly up my alley as I have traveled to over twenty one countries and have a relentless wanderlust. I met with the producer and we went over her ideas. She had previous hosting experience and plenty of travel knowledge, which worked in our favor. Before our meeting she had answered all of the questions I’ve asked above and she pitched her project to me with enthusiasm. I joined the project because I was excited by her passion and her commitment.

I listened carefully to all of her objectives and was elated to jump on board to help bring her project to life. Next stop is to turn her vision into a reality and to do that I would need to create the budget based on the story she was wanting to tell. The second stage of development is when the project begins to get real.

AUTHOR’S NOTE – My next blog post in this is series coming soon, “Step Two – Creating the budget or bringing your ideas back down to earth”.

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