Chapter 2: Cast and Crew



After reading this chapter you should know about . . .

  • The intensity of the producer’s work during preproduction.
  • The “orchestra conductor” role of the director.
  • The timing of a production and the other duties undertakenmby the AD.
  • The various ways the stage manager maintains control in the studio.
  • The basic functions of the camera operators.
  • The prompter operator’s role in relation to the script and the talent.
  • The preproduction role of the lighting director.
  • The audio operator’s duties in terms of both the studio and the control room.
  • The technical and aesthetic duties of the graphics operator.
  • How the technical director ensures that the proper picture is selected.
  • The recordist’s responsibilities in terms of recording and playback.
  • Work that the editor does, especially after the production.
  • Other positions that are often needed for production.
  • The different types of talent (i.e., nonfiction performers and fiction actors).
  • Performing tips for people who are in front of the camera.
  • Clothing, hairstyling, and makeup considerations for those on camera.



Interactive Blueprint

On Set Exercises

Review Exercises

Video Review

Student Quiz

Key Terms List