September 14, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
Engaging the Camera
In some cases, you will have to think on your feet and simply think on the spot the messages you need to get across, but most of the time, you will work from prepared notes. You might find you have prepared some notes on a notepad, napkin or a laptop. This is great, painting a picture of the scene is one of the keys and once you fire up your own imagination you will find that many viewers will share the same experience. Some people get nervous looking into the lens of the camera. Therefore, focus on looking past the lens. It will make you seem more natural on screen and can help with nerves.
Playing the Role
If you’re a news reporter, you have to take account the seriousness of the topic you are presenting. Some subjects are more senstive than others. For example if you know you are reporting from a crime scene, it’s probably not best to show up in a clown suit as the viewer won’t take you seriously. This is just as important as not laughing on camera over a serious news story. Don’t think of yourself as a person, think of yourself as a gatekeeper of history because what you say, people will take as the truth. We’ve all heard the saying “Well that’s what it said on the news..” or “I heard it on the radio..”
When you first start off, you might see yourself as a bunny rabbit caught in headlamps staring into the lense. This simply, will not do. You have to keep calm, composed, serious, and deliver the message you want to get across. This doesn’t mean you have to be a robot, keep the human element alive with your intonation and body language, describing the situation you’re in along with the facts is more interesting than just reading out a police statement.