MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO SEMINAR SERIES, THE: PERRY WOLFF: TWO SEMINARS ON THE TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY, SEMINAR NO. 2: THE DOCUMENTARY, OUTSIDE IN {LONG VERSION}

Summary

One in this series of seminars conducted by The Museum of Television & Radio. In this seminar, the second seminar of a two-part series hosted by the Museum's television curator Ron Simon, documentary writer/producer Perry Wolff discusses the writing and producing process of documentary filmmaking. After an introduction by Simon, Wolff takes the podium and speaks about the following: his move from writer to producer; television as a producer's medium; the importance of "lean" writing in documentaries; writing as a supplement to the visual in documentaries; the influence of Hemingway and Dos Passos on his writing; and the benefit of speaking one's written words aloud to hear if they flow naturally. Next, Wolff takes questions from the audience which lead to discussion of the following topics among others: the decline of the network television documentary and the current proliferation of news magazines; the roles and hierarchy of the various producers in television news, documentaries, and news magazines; how documentaries have changed since becoming mainly the domain of independent producers; and the dangers of the docudrama and "counterfeit news." During the remaining portion of the seminar, Wolff screens portions of his documentary about the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon, "The Moon Above, The Earth Below," and comments on the production and writing of the program between each segment.

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  • DATE: April 23, 1992 Thursday 6:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:25:59
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:24147
  • GENRE: Seminars
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CREDITS

    • Ron Simon … Host
    • Perry Wolff … Speaker