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The first part of a series discusses the diary of a small-time reality television producer. The author shared the knowledge from his experience producing The Longest Day, the first online reality television series for and about professional photographers. On Mar 21, 2008, F-Stop Beyond (the author's audio podcast for photographers) just aired the episode with Brook Todd, one of American Photo's top 10 wedding photographers in the world. May 5, 2008, they're finishing up the DVD for celebrity wedding photographer Mike Colon. On Jul 31, 2008, he sent an email to WPPI president Skip Cohen last week telling him about all the high-profile photogs interested in being in the next WPPI buzz builder. On Oct 13, 2008, he emailed proposals to Microsoft, Kodak, Epson, and a handful of other sponsors referred to him by photographers in the show. On Oct 29, 2008, he just sent yet another email to the bigwigs at WPPI.
Ron Dawson Diary of a Small-Time Reality TV Producer, Part I The diary entries you are about to read are fictional, but the events described in them are real. I’d like to share the knowledge I gained from my experience producing The Longest Day (http://thelongestday.tv), the first online reality TV series for and about professional photographers—a show that grew out of relationships I’ve developed with high-end photographers through networking and producing viral promotional films for them over the last 3 years. For The Longest Day, 24 top photographers from around the country were split into two teams and given 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit an original short film. The reality show was a behind-the-scenes look at the making of those films. From reading about the process and (I hope) checking out the series online, you’ll gain insight into alternative ways for doing what you love to do while earning money doing it—not to mention that this process is a great case study on viral marketing and social networking. Enjoy. 40 www.eventdv.net event dv FEATURE May 2009 / EventDV 41 diary of a small-time reality tv producer MARCH 21, 2008 an email or phone call from F-Stop Beyond (my audio him. He’s a straight shooter— podcast for photographers) just tells you how he feels, no holds aired the episode with Brook barred. He can make or break Todd, one of American Photo’s this thing. top 10 wedding photographers in the world. He mentioned AUG. 26, 2008 how much he loved the Joe I just finished interviewing Photo spoof we produced this Nikon’s frontman for wedding year at WPPI, Diary of a photography, Cliff Maunter. Washed Up Rock Star Wedding What a character! The man has Photographer. (Joe is another no qualms about expressing high-profile photographer.) He how he feels about things. He says he and his wife, Alisha, said he’d be interested in being would like to be in next year’s in whatever I dream up for WPPI buzz builder. They may this year’s WPPI buzz-building even talk to their sponsor, Ron directs Gary Fong and Joe
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