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CHAPTER 4. Production Techniques > 4.5 The Camera's Role - Pg. 72

72 Video Production Handbook 4.5 THE CAMERA'S ROLE the camera is an "eye." But whose eye? it can be that of an onlooker, watching the action from the best possible position at each moment. this is its objective role. or the camera can be used in a subjective way. moving around within the scene, the camera represents the talent's point of view, allowing the audience to see through the talent's eyes as the camera moves through a crowd or pushes aside undergrowth. the effect can be dramatic, especially if people within the scene seem to speak to the viewer directly, through the camera's lens. 4.6 THE CAMERA AS AN OBSERVER this is the way the camera is used in many types of productions. the program shows us the scene from various viewpoints, and we begin to feel a sense of space as we build up a mental image of a situation--although the camera is only show- ing us a small section of the scene in each shot. the camera becomes an observer, moving close to see detail and standing far back to take in the wider view. we might, for example, watch two people sitting and talking. As one speaks, we see a close-up shot of the speaker. A moment later, the camera switches to show us the other person listening. from time to time, we see them together (figure 4.12). FIGURE 4.12 A basic three-camera shoot uses a mix of different shot angles to maximize communication.