Chapter 1

Basic Concepts

Attend a shooting of Will and Grace , watch one of the most accomplished directors in the world while the cameras are rolling, and you might ask the question: Where is he looking? James Burrows (Mary Tyler Moore, Cheers, and many more) is staring at the ceiling. He could be looking at the actors, but their routines have been blocked out days ahead, and they are highly accomplished. He could be looking at the monitors to see if the four cameras are covering the action as planned, but he has a fully professional crew and has been through camera rehearsals, so he knows they’ll get it right. Why is he looking at the ceiling? Because he’s listening to the delivery of the lines, the ultimate consideration of getting the show ...

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