Chapter 18The Studio Production

“Always get more sleep than your actors.”

—Orson Welles, Director

“There is a sense of exhilaration that I feel every time I step into a TV studio that has not lessened over the years. For me, the studio is like my very own giant sandbox, where I can build castles and get dirt under my fingernails.”

—Doug Smart, Director


Camera blocking (stumble-through): The initial camera rehearsal, coordinating all technical operations and discovering and correcting problems.

Cue card: Large card-stock can be used by a floor crew member to show brief notes, an outline, or other information.

Dress rehearsal (dress run): The goal of the dress rehearsal is to time the wardrobe and makeup changes.

Dry blocking (walk-through): ...

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