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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Check the Studio

Before rehearsals start, let’s take a look at some very worthwhile checks that can anticipate problems. First of all, identify the various action areas. Some will be self-evident: the office, the kitchen. But suppose there are several interview or performance areas? Which is which? Often they will be given identifying letters (e.g. ‘Area A’) or names.

Referring to your camera card, locate the various main camera positions and moves. Are there any obvious problems? Perhaps there is some obstruction just where the dolly will be operating. It does happen: insufficient room to get between two flats, some temporarily stored props, a lighting fitting in the way. Check around. Perhaps you can see that a spotlight on a stand outside ...

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