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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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13 Anchoring II

The Teleprompter

` teleprompter is an inverted mirror placed in front of the camera that reflects the copy that the anchor is to read (see Figure 13-1), and you must learn how to use one. Known informally as ‘the prompter,’ it shows the anchor a half dozen lines of copy at a time. Each line consists of three to five words. The lines move upward. The camera sits directly

Figure 13-1: The prompter.

Figure 13-1: The prompter.

behind the mirrored glass where the lines appear. So when you are reading those lines, you are looking directly into the lens.

Practice this on the website where there is a working simulation of a prompter for you to read. You can also ...

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