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Basic Studio Directing

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All studio directors need to know the basics of studio directing, whether they go on to direct news, drama, children's programmes or light entertainment. Learning the ropes on air can be costly: this book gives you all the practical and technical guidance you need to deliver a trouble free programme.



All studio directors need to know the basics of studio directing, whether they go on to direct news, drama, children's programmes or light entertainment. Learning the ropes on air can be costly: this book gives you all the practical and technical guidance you need to deliver a trouble free programme.

Starting with an emphasis on the skills that make a good director, the essential day to day know-how is outlined - from different presentation formats to the roles of the production team, camera technology, composition, lighting, digital video, chroma key, make-up and wardrobe. Whether you are a student or practitioner wishing to sharpen up your technique, this manual is an excellent guide to the technology and skills required.

This book:
· Provides essential day to day information in one handy source
· Offers a combination of theory and practice, technical data and intuitive skill
· Is an excellent introductory text for anyone embarking on a career in directing

Contents:
Networks * Cameras and Pictures * Pre-Production * Cutting and Combining Pictures * The Studio Team * Interviews * Magazines * Script Layouts * Electronic Newsrooms * Practical Directing * Communications * Directors Technology * Dealing with Problems.

Rod Fairweather is a freelance director and has worked for companies such as SKY TV, GMTV, ITN and MTV Europe. He conducts training courses on directing all over the world including Singapore, India and Australia.






Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Introduction
    1. Directing Skills
    2. Communication Skills
    3. Working with the Production Team
  9. Networks
    1. Presentation
    2. Network Directors
  10. Cameras and Pictures
    1. Studio Cameras
    2. Mounts and Cranes
    3. Lenses and F-Numbers
    4. Studio Lenses
    5. Standard Shots (1)
    6. Standard Shots (2)
    7. Picture Composition (1)
    8. Picture Composition (2)
    9. Tracking and Crabbing
    10. Crossing the Line
    11. Camera Commands
  11. Pre-Production
    1. Wardrobe
    2. Make-Up
    3. Seating Plans
    4. The Floor Plan
    5. Positioning Cameras
  12. Cutting and Combining Pictures
    1. Monitor Stacks
    2. Vision Mixers
    3. Caption Generators
    4. Keying
    5. Digital Video Effects (Static)
    6. Digital Video Effects (Moving)
    7. Graphics
    8. Chroma-Keying/Virtual Studios
    9. Cutting Cameras
  13. The Studio Team
    1. The Vision Mixer (The Operator)
    2. The Production Assistant (PA)
    3. The Floor Manager (FM)
    4. Studio Sound
    5. Briefing Sound
    6. Sound Commands
    7. Director's Audio Monitoring
    8. Lighting and Vision Control
    9. Colour and Light
    10. Three Point Lighting
    11. Studio Lighting
    12. VT (1)
    13. VT (2)
    14. Prompters
  14. Interviews
    1. One Plus One
    2. The Classic Clean Interview
    3. One Plus Two (1)
    4. One Plus Two (2)
    5. Two Plus Two
    6. One Plus Three
    7. Audience Interview Shows
    8. Shooting the Programme
    9. Shooting with Mobile Presenter
  15. Magazines
    1. Magazine Shows
    2. Preparing Demonstrations
    3. Shooting Demonstrations
    4. Music
  16. Script Layouts
    1. Standard Script Layouts
    2. Camera Cards
    3. VT Scripts
    4. News and Current Affairs
    5. As Directed Running Order
  17. Electronic Newsrooms
    1. Electronic Newsroom Systems
    2. Using Computer Systems
    3. Machine Control Software (1)
    4. Machine Control Software (2)
    5. Automated Control Rooms
  18. Practical Directing
    1. Directing for Real
    2. Dealing with Presenters
    3. Rehearsals
    4. Starting Programmes
    5. Getting an Air
    6. Finishing Programmes
    7. Typical End to A Programme
  19. Communications
    1. Talkback
    2. 2- and 4-Wires
    3. Clean Feeds
    4. Communicating with Live Injects
    5. Making Live Injects Work
  20. Directors Technology
    1. Studio Engineering
    2. Television Systems
    3. Digital Versus Analogue Television
    4. Satellites and Microwaves
  21. Dealing With Problems
    1. Live Television
    2. Editorial Collapses
    3. Technical Disaster
    4. Machine Breakdowns
    5. Production Errors
    6. Presenting Out of Mistakes
  22. Glossary