'Showrunners' is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.The film intends to show audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favorite TV series airs on time as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to make sure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all! Featuring candid interviews with Showrunners such as J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Bill Prady, Terence Winter, Damon Lindelof, Hart Hanson, Steven S. DeKnight.Written by
Filmmakers Des Doyle and Ryan Patrick McGuffey have said that they had almost given up on getting Joss Whedon in the film after trying for a year to reach him. Then one morning after leaving a meeting with Bad Robot they literally ran into him in the parking lot and pitched him then and there. Incredibly he agreed to take part. However when they filmed his interview approx 2 months later (on the Monday morning after The Avengers opening weekend) they had literally just 1 hour to shoot before Joss was leaving for his first vacation in 2 years. Just as filming commenced workers started cutting down a large tree outside which lead to a traffic jam. Doyle was terrified that the sound from the interview would be unusable but had to proceed anyway. Remarkably the Sound Post-Production team in Dublin were able to remove all of the distracting background noise allowing the filmmakers to use Joss' interview. See more »
Really well done. Not only does it teach a lot about the job of being a show-runner, but there is some good background on how television is changing, and media in general.
We are in a time where it might look good to start on the internet and then hope for a move to television, and then a realization that the internet might be the best fit. At the same time there are people who would have wanted to be in movies, but found greater freedom in television. The internet and social media plays a role that it didn't before.
So if you like thinking about entertainment - not just watching it, but also learning how it gets made, this is a great look at that.
Good interviews. There are a lot of affable show-runners out there.
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