Presidential Debates

Presidential Debates

Forty Years of High-risk TV

Book - 2000
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Drawing on his own experience as an award-winning reporter and TV producer and through illuminating interviews with journalists and producers who have worked on presidential debates, Alan Schroeder sheds light on every presidential debate from 1960 to the present. From the selection of questioners to the camera angles, from issues of makeup to lighting and stage set, Schroeder shows how decisions are made that influence every aspect of what the audience perceives. The book takes readers on a fascinating backstage tour, approaching the debates within the framework of the fundamental steps to which TV producers adhere: preproduction, production, and postproduction. Calling upon behind-the-scenes stories from seven campaign seasons, Schroeder illustrates how the live component of the debates, far from diminishing dramatic potential, increases our anticipation - not least because of viewer curiosity to watch one candidate make a grave error and go down in flames.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780231114004
0231114001
Branch Call Number: 324.973 S38p
Characteristics: x, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Forty years of high-risk TV

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