unsweetened TV

the way TV should be.

How to… avoid copyright issues October 3, 2007

Want to know more about copyright laws?

Basically, here is a short run down of the do’s and don’ts (please note that for more legal information, go to Creative Commons)

  • Copyright aims to protect the author or creator from unauthorised reproductions or adaptations of the original work, be it books, paintings, software, drawings, photographs
  • Copyright is a type of intellectual property (IP) which protects creative and inventive efforts
  • Basically, if you didn’t create it, then you probably don’t own the copyright and you need to get permission to use the work, and if you can’t get permission, then you shouldn’t use the work!

If you want to know more about copyright, follow the links below:

Creative Commons – find ways to protect your creative works but still allows others to use and adapt your works

Attorney General’s department A Short Guide to Copyright – a short guide that outlines the do’s and don’ts under Australian Copyright law

Australian Copyright Council’s Information Sheet– An introduction to Copyright in Australia

World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Basic Notions of Copyright and Related Rights – more information about IP from a global perspective


How to.. find resources in the public domain

Are you looking for images, video footage or audio to use in your production?Here are some helpful sites where you can find royalty free media.You might also want to take some time to read the copyright information page so you don’t land yourself a law-suit or take-down notice!


How to… write a shot-list September 24, 2007

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How to… write a treatment

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Are you after some pointers for writing a treatment?

Here’s a few hints…

What is a treatment?

In short, a treatment is a condensed synopsis of your production which includes an outline of your plot, charcters, location, sounds and shots. It should be catchy, interesting, written in the present-tense. It should sell your idea.

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How to… contribute to unsweetened TV

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So, you’re interested in contributing to unsweetend TV?

Here’s what you need to get started:

  1. Read the unsweetened TV manifesto
  2. Write your own creative writing piece or get your hands on a copy of unsweetened (available from ARC and UNSW bookshop)
  3. Get all the parties involved (writers, creative types, talent) to sign a Copyright work release form or Performance release form.
  4. Write a treatment and shot list and start making your production!
  5. Export your file for the web (.swf, .mov etc).
  6. Review, edit and pilot it with a test group.
  7. Then… when you’re happy with your final production, upload it to the UNSW Student WebTV channel (details still to come!)
  8. Make sure you send the link to all of your friends, blog it, utube it… just get everyone to watch it!

It’s that simple! So start producing today!


Welcome to unsweetened TV September 19, 2007

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Are you a UNSW student with a penchant for video production? Then this site is for you!!!

Search the archives for information about contributing to unsweetened TV and make sure you read the unsweetened TV manifesto!

So, start producing today!