Camera Movements through TV Directors Job

by Zoelgmassie on March 24, 2017 - 3:02pm

Have you ever think of all the work that is accomplished behind the screen? In the world of media, several combined movements can create a news report. Camera maneuvers are used to provide different angles and perspectives. That represents one of the several skills the TV news Director needs to know to obtain the attention of the audience. The basic camera movements will be demonstrated through the TV news Director job. It is possible to classify the technique in five categories: the tilt, the pan, the handheld, the dolly, and the pedestal.

Initially, TV news Directors have to juggle their time with training new hires, making decisions content, ensuring ethical standards and more. On top of that, they have the knowledge of Journalists and Cameramen. For every camera movement, there is a precise name.

Movements

First, a tilt consists in raising and lowering the lens of the camera. It is possible to imagine the nodding of a head to understand the movement. Also, it is mostly used with a stationary object and particularly when the object is high.

Second, a pan is a technical action that consists in moving the camera from either right to the left or left to the right. The movement is practical to follow a subject or to demonstrate the distance between two objects. Moreover, panoramic views are appropriate for the pan method.

Third, a handheld is another method where the camera is taken by hand without a tripod, monopod or other equipment that supports the camera. Handheld is rarely used for media because the image is not steady. However, it is interesting for horror or action movies because it gives spontaneous action.

Fourth, a dolly is an action that creates a movement toward or away from the initial subject that is filmed. In fact, it creates a unique perspective for viewers when Cameramen zoom at the same moment (figure # 1). Fifth, a pedestal is a maneuver that represents the movement of the entire camera, not just lens. This action changes the axis vertically or horizontally.

TV News Directors

Furthermore, the salary of TV News Director cannot be compared with other employees in a media station. Even if they need multitask qualifications, they do not have a higher salary. Also, they face stressful situations every day.

According to Glenn Glenn Halbrooks, TV Directors work only a few years in small stations because in bigger stations, Directors have the luxury of having employees for each task. Even though, the pressure can be important because they need to distinguish themselves to achieve their goals with crowd of employees.

In conclusion, TV news Directors have to ensure the link between the production of the Cameramen and the audience. For each minute on TV, many technique are used to provide quality production to viewers. The basic movements that are mostly used by Cameramen for media are: the tilt, the pan, the handheld, the dolly and the pedestal.

Comments

Hi Zoelgmassie ! I’d love to give you some advice on your text. Maybe you should keep it simple, this way, the presentation would be more precise and interesting. I think the strongest quality of your text is the explanations you provide of technical terms. Therefore, your introduction might be too long which detracts from the main message. Overall, you did a great job!

Hi Zoe, I just read your article and I have to congratulate for a text of this quality! First of all, your subject is very well explained. There's some difficult terms and realities that needed to be explain and you did it efficiently. You also kept an interesting style of writing, all along your article! On the other hand, I understand that some people not familiar with the news world can find difficult to understand some parts of your text. Maybe with a longer description, you could turn on some lights.

Hi Zoe,
First of all, I like the fact that you compared camera movements to head movements to provide a better understanding for a non-expert. However, in some sentences, verbs that should have been in the past tense were not. But overall, it was a great text! I also like the fact that you added an image to explain some terms. As a visual person, it was very pertinent for me.

Zoe, thank you for your text! It's very interesting to think about the technique behind the news broadcasts that we listen every day. I would like to congratulate you for the way that you had organized your text especially for the way you had described each of the terms used. The only tip I would give you is to add additional information about the tv news director of as this is the part I understand less. But your text was really great!

Zoe, thank you for your text! It's very interesting to think about the technique behind the news broadcasts that we listen every day. I would like to congratulate you for the way that you had organized your text especially for the way you had described each of the terms used. The only tip I would give you is to add additional information about the tv news director of as this is the part I understand less. But your text was really great!

About the author

I am currently studying Media Arts and Technology in a Journalism option at the Cegep de Jonquière. For the second year of a three years’ program, I have already gained experiences for interviewing, editing, and producing.