When it comes to directing a television production, there are various techniques people use to achieve their goal. These techniques, although different, are aimed at the same goal of reproducing the desired content of their production. The different techniques, however, produce drastically different results. For example, many directors get into a shot habit. They start with a wide shot and then move into a close-up of the speaking, followed by a crowd reaction. This routine is repeated constantly throughout the entire program resulting in a dull and boring product.
Other directors spend their time instructing camera operators to get "artistic" shots. These shots are unique and unusual and in many cases very pleasing to the eye. The result, however, is a distraction to the viewer. Don't get me wrong on this issue, there needs to be some elements of the artistic shots but it certainly does not need to dominate the screen.
The director who has the experience and wisdom produces the best looking products. This director is very smooth in his transitions and balances camera shots to help the viewer experience the action he or she is watching. His goal is to place the viewer within the action on the screen. The viewer does not need to feel as if they are evaluating the type of camera shot and does not need to be able to predict the next camera angle.
Directing is not just pointing the cameras at the subject and then switching between them. It is developing a way of creating the story before the user. It involves camera angles, lighting techniques, understanding of the action he is shooting, and understanding who is the intended audience.
If you are directing program take a copy of the video home with you and watch it a week later. Make notes of what is interesting about the program and make notes what is distracting about it. Ask yourself the following questions. Am I drawn into the program I am watching? Am I distracted by camera angles or camera activity? Can I predict what is getting ready to happen next with the shot angle or zoom? Do I feel as if I am sitting in the audience of the event?
Always work to become a better director! Your audience will thank you.