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What special gear is used to film on a boat?

It may not seem like much to film on a boat, but it can actually be quite dangerous. What kind of gear would you need to keep yourself upright on a boat shoot -- and what camera equipment would you need to make your footage pop?

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  • How do game shows work?

    How do game shows work?

    Must be a lot of fun to be on a TV game show, getting all of that attention (and not to mention all of those cool prizes!). What really goes on behind the scenes of your favorite game shows? See more »

  • How do helicopters film crab boats in rough weather?

    How do helicopters film crab boats in rough weather?

    Flying a helicopter over water is more dangerous than it looks; rough weather could make a shoot downright deadly. So how do those who shoot in choppy waters all the time -- say, people who film crab boats -- keep themselves safe up there? See more »

  • How do talk shows work?

    How do talk shows work?

    From highbrow content (politics, literature) to more unrefined fare (paternity tests, cheating spouses), talk shows have been on the tube for as long as there has been television. See more »

  • How does ‘live+3’ work in television metrics?

    How does ‘live+3’ work in television metrics?

    You think binge-watching your favorite show weeks after its episodes air will help pump up its ratings? Think again. Live+3 television ratings metrics have changed things considerably. See more »

  • How does TV commercial production work?

    How does TV commercial production work?

    The average TV commercial is 30 seconds. So they should be fairly easy to shoot, right? Just slap together a concept, a product and some actors and that should do it. Not so fast, TV commercial production gets super complex really quickly. See more »

  • How Getting Your Show on TV Works

    How Getting Your Show on TV Works

    You've read How TV Writing Works and now it's time for step two -- pitching your new show to the television networks. We'll tell you how to get a meeting, how to prepare your pitch, and how to sell it to the executives who make the final decision. See more »

  • How Reality TV Works

    How Reality TV Works

    The term "reality tv" may be new but the concept dates back for decades. Where did it begin and how did it come to captivate so many viewers? Get the history and low down on this incredibly popular television phenomenon. See more »

  • How Sitcoms Work

    How Sitcoms Work

    We've all seen sitcoms, laughed with them and probably even sung along to their theme songs. But why are we so partial to these half-hour television shows and what is their history? See more »

  • How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    If you're a big fan of "LOST," you're probably full of theories about the DHARMA Initiative and its relationship to other elements of the show. Learn about the DHARMA Initiative, its history and what might be going on at its island research center. Warning: Spoilers within. See more »

  • How the Emmy Awards Work

    How the Emmy Awards Work

    The Emmys -- from the glitz and glamour of red-carpet fashions to too-long award speeches, this award show is not to be missed. But what does it take to get the Emmys off the ground? See more »

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