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Directing and Producing for Television, 4th Edition by Ivan Cury

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Preface and Acknowledgments

FROM THE FIRST EDITION

Since the age of ten, I’ve been working in radio, television, movies, and theater. Many people helped me along the way—some inadvertently, like the producer who fired me a few days after telling me that the scene I had just directed was “filled with missed opportunities.” At that time I hadn’t even considered that such a possibility existed. Since then, I’ve made it a habit to reflect on my work and be sure that I don’t miss any opportunities. I tell you this with the hopes that you will be prepared to avoid missed opportunities.

This book focuses on the kind of television that is produced with multiple cameras and is switched or cut as the program is happening. That includes most news and panel ...

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