18 Ten-Minute, News-Inspired Story

This assignment asks you to use a news story or photo as a starting point and to develop a theme from it. You will take a real event, develop an interesting ten-minute screen idea for a mass audience, and make it express a deeper concern or value you hold. In the process, we will cast aside the rules of good journalism and make a deliberately self-centered use of actuality.

It all starts when a wealthy eccentric lays an arm on your shoulders and offers you a ten-minute exposure on national television. Budget is no object, he says, but you must develop a ten-minute idea for a short, factually derived TV essay, and not worry about objectivity and political balance.

Ten minutes seems short for anything serious, ...

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