The DVD series that goes behind the scenes of today's most popular programs to meet the people who make the magic of today's television possible. Presented by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation in association with First Light Media Publishing and Gallant Entertainment.
Rare, First-Hand Insight for Production, Management and Other Students
The Journeys series offers faculty and students a unique, first-hand opportunity to view these fascinating and essential careers that are rarely publicized. This up close and personal series captures the inner workings of craft and technical jobs that are essential to creating compelling, successful television. The series also gives an overview of how individual jobs relate both creatively and politically to the overall cooperative, multi-faceted aspects of putting together a television show. On-screen and off-screen professionals, who vote for and win Emmys®, share insights and experiences about what it takes to work in these exciting career fields. This series is appropriate not only for production classes but also for classes in management, programming, ethics, and many other general aspects of mass communications—a must for any students wanting to enter the television business.
Journeys Below the Line: LOST, The Cinematography Team
Lost: The Cinematography Team, the third installment of the Television Academy Foundation's Journeys Below the Line DVD series, takes viewers behind the scenes with Michael Bonvillain and John Bartley, the cinematographers responsible for the incredible visual look and feel of ABC's Primetime Emmy® Award-winning hit series, Lost. Introduced by Lost cast member Jorge Garcia, who co-stars as Hurley, Bonvillain and Bartley explain the advantages of shooting alternate episodes, which affords each of them prep time with the director and input on location choices and scheduling. Go along on a location technical scout and sit in on the production meeting, then see the scenes being shot. Lost shoots with two cameras, and the disc includes interviews with the camera operators, first assistants (focus pullers) and second assistants (clappers) explaining the responsibilities of their jobs and how they fulfill them. Take a tour of the special vehicles and equipment that have been developed to make shooting on a sandy beach or in a jungle doable. Cast members Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Jorge Garcia and Adewale Akinnouye-Agabaje express their admiration and respect for the work done by The Cinematography Team.
Journeys Below the Line: ER, The PropMasters
The Television Academy Foundation is proud to announce the release of the second installment of the Journeys Below the Line DVD series, ER: The PropMasters. This installment features the highly skilled Property Masters team of Rick Kerns and Rick Ladomade. Along with their outstanding crew, this team is responsible for the exceptionally realistic feel of the ER set. From name badges and stethoscopes to prosthetics and animatronics babies, they pull together all the props required to create ER's couldn't-be-more-authentic world.
Journeys Below the Line: 24, The Editing Process
Journeys Below the Line, 24: The Editing Process emphasizes the jobs contributing to the distinctive editorial look and style of the Fox series, 24. The program shows the shooting of a 24 scene in a metro station, focusing on the script supervisor, Anne Melville, and the notes she makes that help the editor. It then follows these notes to the editor’s room, where Scott Powell uses them to build the scene. Director Jon Cassar sits with Scott and gives his input to the work in progress. Lead actor Kiefer Sutherland tells how a visit to the editing room helped him improve his performance, and other cast members, including Elisha Cuthbert, Carlos Bernard, Reiko Aylesworth, and Penny Johnson Jerald, comment on their perceptions of the importance of editing and script supervision. DVD extras provide even more insight into the making of television.
For additional details about the series and curriculum information, please visit www.journeysbelowtheline.com.