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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Communicating with Talent

As a camera operator, there will be many occasions when you will need to interact with on-camera talent. This may hold especially true when you are working on your own projects, because small budgets usually mean smaller crews. Smaller crews mean fewer people to do more work. Because the camera operator is usually in the thick of the action and is responsible for good framing and focus, it makes sense for him or her to help direct the blocking and movement of the talent. This does not mean that you are directing the project (although you may also be the actual director), but rather you are helping the talent understand the limitations of your framing of the shot—how much room do they have to look, move, gesticulate, ...

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