Documentaries and Adaptations

For twelve years I was Coordinator of Program Development for Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the country’s largest statewide public television and satellite educational network. I worked with producers and educators to develop grant proposals. I wrote treatments and scripts for programs and documentaries, and I also adapted stage plays for television dramas.

Here are some samples:

Louisville: 30 Years of ChangeI did the script for KET’s two-hour documentary on the city from 1940 to 1970, produced by Aaron Hutchings. This clip shows how the automobile transformed the metropolitan area during the Fabulous Fifties.


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The Ryan InterviewWhen you adapt a play or story for television, it’s not enough to put in a bunch of camera angles. You have to add descriptive detail to set the scene and create mood and atmosphere. This helps the actors and director—and any reader—to imagine how the action will work on screen. Director Fred Barzyk added his own ideas, scene numbers, and many technical notes. We continued to add and throw out things until after actors Ashley Judd and Eddy Bracken were cast.  Here’s an early shooting script for Arthur Miller’s The Ryan Interview, and below that is a short clip from the program.


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Portrait of LincolnThis is one of the short documentaries I produced for the award-winning Kentucky Life series, then directed by executive producer Joy Flynn. It profiles sculptor Robert Berks, who had recently unveiled a new bronze of Lincoln at the state capitol.


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