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Undergraduate Program | T436: Advanced Production Workshop

Dramatic Television Production:“The Wright Report”
Instructor: Susan Kelly
Mondays: 5.45 – 10.30
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: T206, T283, T351 or T356, or by permission of the instructor.

Description: For this version of T436 students will produce the pilot episode of the original TV series “The Wright Report,” written by advanced screenwriting students in the Fall Semester 2007. The intent of the class is to give advanced students the opportunity to build their portfolios, hone developing skills, and to provide a collaborative working environment similar to that found in dramatic television series production.  As with actual television production personnel, students will have one primary position that they will be expected to fulfill, such as Director or Script Supervisor, although additional duties may be required to insure a successful production.

Because the finished show will be marketed for distribution it must conform to all technical and legal standards of commercially distributed video, with all documentation and licensing completed.

When applying for the class please specify the top three positions you would like to hold, indicating your experience with each. Please carefully read the description of each position provided on this link.

It is expected that students who apply for technical positions will be advanced in their knowledge of that area.  Those applying for positions for which they have little to no experience should familiarize themselves with the duties of the position and determine if they have the qualities necessary to successfully fill it.

The positions:


  • 1 Writer
  • 1 Producer
  • 1 Director
  • 1 Production Manager
  • 2 Line Producers
  • 2 Production Assistants

Technical Crew

  • 2 Assistant Directors (First and second units)
  • 1 Director of Photography
  • 3 Camera Operators
    2 1st assistant camera (focus pullers)
  • 2 Continuity supervisors
  • 1 Gaffer
  • 1 Best boy
  • 2 Grips

Design, Building, & Decorating

  • 1 Production Designer
  • 1 Set Decorator/Property Master
  • Location Manager

Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe

  • Hair
  • Makeup
  • Wardrobe

Post Production

  • 1 Post Production Supervisor/Sound Designer
  • 2 Sound engineers
  • 2 Editors
  • Graphic designers
  • DVD producer
  • Web designer
  • Music Composer


  • Multiple characters (to be cast, not applied for)
  • Casting Director

Crew to document the making of the episode

  • 1 Camera
  • 1 Sound
  • 1 Editor

Credit Hour Options: While most of you will take the class for 3 credit hours, some of the more specialized positions can be taken for fewer hours. Those with a lighter load who want 3-credit hours will be required to write a paper on their positions.

Structure: Because the show has been written with both studio and field locations, there will be two production units running simultaneously when possible. While scheduled for Monday nights, the class will require shooting at times other than Monday: odds hours, over the weekends, or when your girl friend is visiting. The hours will be long, the commitment to excellence will be high, and the rewards will be great.

Your grade will be based on the quality of your work in the position you hold and as a team player as assessed by the Instructor of Record and by the Production Team.

For more information contact Susan Kelly (