'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
Showrunners has achieved a number of notable firsts for an Irish film. It is the first to ever be screened at both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con and also the first ever to have had panels at both those events. It is also the first ever feature documentary to have been screened by the Television Academy Of America and was in fact the final screening to ever take place at the Academy's prestigious Leonard H.Goldenson Theatre where it had it's LA Premiere on Tuesday the 28th of October 2014. See more »
The film did great in regards to exposing what life is like being a Showrunner. I was glad to hear from Showrunners across all genres, and even from some who ran shows that I watch routinely. It is definitely very inspiring and intriguing to watch how much effort goes into the weekly episodes we take for granted. Though the cast is predominately white male (this reflects the business itself), it would be interesting to see more diverse Showrunners in television. As well, I would have liked to hear more about the writing process and how they come up with ideas for new episodes.
The film had great editing style which kept me engaged throughout. The clear, crisp cutting between different Showrunners and the sets, enforced how busy these people actually are. One might think of working in television as a glamorous job, but as this film shows, it is also very exhausting. The Showrunner is kind of like the middleman, under the control of the network and trying to please audiences, while also trying to be faithful to their own artistic vision (at the same time juggling between actors and crew members). I'm not sure how this title of the 'Showrunner' came about, but it seems like too much responsibility has fallen on one person.
Overall, definitely an interesting watch to get a good look behind the scenes of running an American TV show.
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