In addition to talent, graphics and sets are two major pictorial elements in television production. Graphics include lettering and artwork, normally displayed on screen to supplement the images captured on camera. A news anchor’s name, for example, can be shown on a graphic with simple lettering. More-advanced graphics might include the map of a war zone, a chart showing how tax money is spent, or even a motion graphic of a working piston engine or blood flowing through arteries.

Sets include both physical elements on a stage and virtual sets generated in a computer. A wide variety of physical and virtual sets are possible. A single folding chair in front of a background curtain makes for a very simple set. A table ...

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