The Reality of Creating “Unscripted Looks”

To meet the demands of unscripted TV audiences, camera operators, directors of photography and lighting directors are combining real-time visual know-how with unique, predesigned approaches to storytelling. The end result is a new, multi-faceted new TV aesthetic that ranges from fresh takes on “realism” to polished awards show patinas, all looks that are increasingly in demand by traditional episodic and motion picture filmmakers. Learn from some of the best how unscripted DPs, lighting directors, and camera operators manage the day, compose, light, capture and interpret the action, and coordinate with other departments to create a palette of new “unscripted looks.”

Date: 6/2/2018

Location: Sherry Lansing Theatre/Paramount Studios Backlot

Time: 10:15-11:30 am


  • Derth Adams, Camera Operator- “Fear Factor”, “Project Greenlight”
  • Michael Dean, Director of Photography/Camera Operator- “Survivor”, “Planet Primetime”
  • Oscar Dominguez, Lighting Designer- “The Voice”, “Shark Tank”
  • Gretchen Warthen, Camera Operator- “Project Runway”, “America’s Next Top Model”


*Panelists subject to change.

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