What are three ways that television production is different think feature film production?
The first (and most obvious) difference is the repetition of the production process for television series. While a feature film will have singular pre-production, production, post-production and export segments, television series must repeat these processes twelve-to-fourteen times a season.
The only exception to this difference is in the pre-production. Before any production has begun, the showrunner and the writers create the overall story of the season, as well as note significant plot points to be spread across the season. Afterwards, the story is broken up into the number of episodes to be aired, and writers are assigned to fill in the details.
2. The Role of the Director
In feature and independent films, the director serves an irreplaceable and essential role in the production of the movie. In television, however, the actors are much more dominant in the execution of the story than the directors are.
A single blockbuster movie is often produced in the same amount of time that it takes television to produce thirteen 45-minute episodes. Also, the time restrictions of producing weekly content as opposed to releasing a single film give movie producers a relatively more relaxed schedule in comparison.