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Brahm Taylor
One Hour TV Show Structure
on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:44:08 am

Trying to decode a mystery that seems to be more well-guarded than the location of the Holy Grail in my rather extensive internet searches.

I am trying to edit existing footage down to a precise one hour format.

This is to say I am editing it into several acts (that will need precise lengths) and leaving black gaps (that will need precise lengths) for several commercial breaks.

It seems like this would be a pretty imperative bit of information since an act that runs 9 minutes would have to be edited significantly (possibly detrimentally) differently than a 5 minute bit between two commercial breaks.

Now I also understand that this elusive "structure" may vary a great deal from network to network – so I am simply looking for a way to ball park simulate it.

Does anyone have any real world experience with having to do this – and better yet perhaps just one legit example or template that has seen actual battle?

Something like (just a fictitious example):

Teaser - 2:00
Title Sequence - 1:00
Act I - 5:00
Commercial - 3:00
Act II - 5:00
Commercial - 3:00
Act III - 10:00
Commercial - 3:00
Act IV - 10:00
Commercial - 3:00
Act V - 5:00
Commercial - 3:00
Act VI - 5:00
End Credits - 2:00

Thanks in advance for any experienced direction.

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