Author: Jim Owens

Jim Owens

Jim Owens has worked and taught in the video and television industry for almost 30 years. Owens’ international television work has included ten Olympic broadcasts and has taken him to over twenty-five countries. Gerald Millerson is an internationally acclaimed author with a long and distinguished career in television with the BBC. He has lectured on TV production courses in the US and UK, and his books are referred to as industry bibles.

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directing

Guiding Your Audience Through A Scene Without Distraction

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As each shot appears on the screen, the audience sees and hears it for the first time. In an instant, they have to interpret what the director has selected to put there. It is not surprising that viewers can occasionally become confused. Unless the director is careful, the audience may “look at the wrong thing”—that…

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

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Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect. During an exciting scene, for example, when the duration of shots is made shorter and shorter as the tension grows, the audience is only conscious of growing agitation, and fast-moving action. There are…

Duration of Shot

Don’t Distract Your Audience

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As each shot appears on the screen, the audience sees and hears it for the first time. In an instant, they have to interpret what the director has selected to put there. It is not surprising that viewers can occasionally become confused. Unless the director is careful, the audience may “look at the wrong thing”—that…

The Director's Vision

How to Visualize Something That Doesn’t Exist

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We have become so accustomed to seeing pictures to accompany seemingly every subject under the sun that sometimes we overlook one fundamental paradox—for many situations there is, strictly speaking, no subject to shoot. No genuinely filmable images exist.buy cheap inflatables Batman Challenge Directors have to deal with this problem on various occasions: Abstract subjects that…

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When Knowing More Than Your Audience Can Hurt Your Film

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There is a vast difference between the way any director looks at the program and how the audience reacts. That is not surprising when you stop to think about it. The director is completely familiar with the production and the circumstances in which it has been prepared. Let’s say that the program is showing us…

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