This excerpt out of Chapter 15: Directing and the Flow of the Crew, explains the goal of a director which is to tell the important story or stories of an event. This involves a variety of strategies to get the most out of a crew, location, and the set of technical equipment at their disposal. Below, you will see a glimpse into the language of directing.
Talking to multiple people at once can be difficult, but by using a consistent vocabulary and predictable commands, a director can execute difficult transitions from one element to another without any trouble. The goal of the director is to guide their crew through a production with clear, concise, and timely directions. When directing in a studio environment, a director will give a ready command and then an action command for something she wants carried out. The ready command says what is coming next, and the action command states what is happening now. For example, “Ready Camera 2, Take Camera 2” will cut to Camera 2.
List of Common Director Cues:
Take: A cut to a source.
Mix: A dissolve to a source.
Fade: A dissolve that generally implies to or from black.
Add: Dissolving on a graphic.
Lose: Dissolving off a graphic.
Open: Bring up level of a microphone or other audio source.
Close/kill: Turn off the volume of a microphone, etc.