The Single Performer

Many regular television formats pivot around a single performer; as a presenter, host, introducer, commentator, master of ceremonies, anchor, demonstrator, lecturer …

Relationship with the audience

The performer can relate to the audience in various ways:

• Looking straight at the camera, addressing the viewer.

• Doing a job, but looking up periodically to speak to camera.

• Working at something, while ignoring the camera. (There may be commentary over – either the talent’s or prepared script.)

• Speak to someone out of shot (usually near the camera).

• Work to a studio audience, and ignore the cameras.

It is important that the performer knows which approach is appropriate. Sometimes, of course, it will vary during the ...

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