All of the formats in this book, except for this one, deal with the director’s job in specific programming formats. Panel programs, musical productions, newscasts, and the other formats in this book make specific demands on the director and producer because of what the program is about. In this chapter we’ll deal with the demands that stem from the director’s working conditions—specifically working on location or at a “remote” site … even if the remote site is right next door.
Remote sites are used because the locations offer unique possibilities. If it’s a news event or a live documentary event—a space launch, for example—there is no choice. That’s where the event is taking place, and that’s where the production ...