Reminders on Effective Directing

There’s a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction in working on a well-run TV production. But a lot depends on how effectively the director organizes and handles his team. Let’s try to summarize typical factors that encourage effective teamwork.

• Plan your show, Even a basic outline aids coordination.

• Get very familiar with your script beforehand, so that it becomes a reference point, not a crutch.

• Have firm ideas. Don’t begin a rehearsal with vague hopes, or an expectation that it will be ‘all right on the night’. Don’t rely on multi-takes during videotaping, in a hope that eventual editing will cobble together a worthwhile production.

• Welcome your guests, and ensure that they know what you want them ...

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