Feature Production

Feature stories are the ones that I consider to be the fun stories. I used to go in and talk with my Executive Producer at the beginning of each season and ask for at least one story “where people are glad to see me, where they’re not slamming doors in my face or running away.” Features have taken me to some very exotic locations: from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the bottom of Conception Bay in Newfoundland, to the middle of the Canadian Arctic. But regardless of the location, I’ve learned one very hard lesson about feature stories--they’re difficult to do. An investigation has a built in structure, there are white hats and black hats and at the end of the story the bad guy has to run screaming into the sunset. But features often don’t have those easy plot lines, you have to craft a story, develop characters, build an emotional bond with the audience. Exotic locals don’t carry a story, they just provide a backdrop and sometimes make the work even more difficult. Try filming underwater when the temperature is just above freezing and the only way you can talk to your cameraman is with hand signals.