You’ve seen The Jinx on HBO. Enjoyed great crime recreation shows on Discovery ID. Laughed out loud at Drunk History on Comedy Central. Maybe even gasped at TLC’s Sex Sent Me to the ER. These are great, cinematic recreation shows. Today, we’re going to tell you how to create and pitch re-creation shows of your own. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even make one together.
Unscripted TV + Mini-Movies = A Lot of Fun
Making re-creation style shows is a lot of fun (we’re working on three right now.) You get the thrill and authenticity of doc-style shows, which is great. But you ALSO get to shoot really cinematic re-creation scenes to bring your shows to life.
Who doesn’t want to get paid to use dollies, jibs, cinema lights, and shoot “mini movies” every week?
From crime shows to comedic retellings of every day events, re-creation shows are making a comeback (and we’re having a blast pitching, selling, and producing them.)
Pitch Re-Creation TV Series with These Three Tips
Just some of what we cover today:
- Warnings to heed when you pitch re-creation shows.
- Why your title needs to be MORE than just a title.
- How your style guide becomes crucial in the pitch re-creation TV process.
- The one thing you MUST include when you pitch re-creation shows to ensure they’re not just “ideas” (you know we hate those.)
- Why Joke raises a finger to interupt this podcast episode.
- What chicken curry has to do with any of this.
And so much more!
Don’t make the same mistakes just about EVERYONE else does. Hit the giant “PLAY” button above and learn to pitch re-creation style TV series and be taken seriously.
Transcript Coming Soon!
Helpful and Related Links
Your hands on guide to crafting and filming cinematic reenactments.
Style Guides for Reality TV – never more important than when you’re pitching a re-creation show.
How to Make Re-Creation Reality: A Case Study – some of our own experiences making re-cre shows, and take-aways you can put to use today.
Ghost Inside My Child – a short post with a few links about our own re-creation TV series (we have another BIG crime show coming out later this year. Stay tuned!)
Okay, you probably already have a great show you want to pitch us, so we can all make some terrific style guides together. If that’s the case, here’s what’s next:
Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.