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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Helping the Talent

Whether an experienced actor or a first-time guest, the person in front of the camera has a sense of isolation – a feeling that now it’s all up to them. Without taking on the role of a second director or bypassing the floor manager, the crew can help in various unobtrusive ways to put them at their ease. Even a regular professional’s performance can fall off when faced with the ‘cold turkey’ reception of an indifferent floor crew. A friendly grin can be infectious!

Advising the newcomer

Many who appear in front of the camera are quite unfamiliar with television techniques, and are very willing to be told how they can help to get the best shots possible. Even an experienced demonstrator or interviewer may not realize that they ...

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