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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Concentrating Attention

The more there is to see in a picture, the greater the opportunity for the audience’s attention to wander. Although the director occasionally invites the audience to simply browse around, looking at whatever catches their interest, more often the aim is to persuade them to concentrate on certain features in the scene, to watch what someone is doing, to listen to what they are saying; and not be diverted by whatever is going on in the background.

There are certainly times when you should not let the audience see too much! If during a street interview for instance, they can read posters, see children waving to camera, watch the passing traffic … they are unlikely to be paying full attention to what is being said.

Focusing ...

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