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Directing and Producing for Television, 3rd Edition by Ivan Cury

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Preface and Acknowledgments

FROM THE FIRST EDITION

Since the age of ten, I’ve been working in radio, television, movies, and theatre. Many people have helped me along the way. Some helped inadvertently, like the producer who fired me a few day after telling me that the scene I was directing was “filled with missed opportunities.” At the time, I hadn’t even considered that such a criticism existed. Since then, I’ve made it a habit to reflect on my work and be sure that I don’t miss any opportunities. This book is written with hopes that you will be prepared to avoid missed opportunities.

At the Emmy rehearsal 2005 two video operators were having a casual conversation about their work. “How long you think they’ll be using tape?” one asked. “I ...

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