Figure 14-10.Camera operator with headset.
The television studio production centers around a
performer of some sort, whether it be the CO explaining
a change in base policy on captains call or a colleague
delivering the evening news. In television parlance, the
performer is known as the talent. An array of support
people assists the talent, including those who handle
copy, wardrobe and makeup. The talent receives
instructions from the director through the floor manager.
The images that appear on the television set are first
determined by how and what the camera sees. Images
from several cameras may be available for the director
and video switcher to use or blend to produce the
transmitted picture. Unlike recorded videotape, the
editing of a live studio production is accomplished as the
picture is transmitted. Thus the television camera is the
most important single television production element. All
other elements and techniques are geared to the physical
and electronic characteristics of the camera. Lighting,
scenery, audio, writing and directing all depend, more or
less, on the potential of the camera.
In most television studio productions, there are
several cameras operating at the same time. As a camera
operator, it is your responsibility to make sure you can
operate your camera efficiently. You can only be
efficient when you are completely familiar with your
camera and use practical television camera-operating
During a production, you wear a headset that gives
you direct communication with the director (fig. 14-10).