Communication in the Studio Complex

The principal means of communication within the studio is by production talkback (page 148). This, as we have seen, is also made available to recording channels and programme contributors (e.g. telecines or outside broadcasts) outside the immediate studio area.

Signalling

Comprehensive though the talkback system may be, it can become, if used to excess, a distracting background babel that either creates confusion and slows down the pace of rehearsals or is disregarded as ‘intended for the other guy’. Directors can help matters by phrasing most questions so that they require only a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. The cameraman can reply by rapidly tilting his camera up or down to answer ‘yes’ or panning ...

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