chapter  7
DIRECT-TO-CAMERA DELIVERY
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One of the challenges of working with a subject expert on camera

can be the very thing that makes them engaging in real life: the way

DIRECT-TO-CAMERA DELIVERY USING NON-ACTORS is not for the faint of heart. I once directed an educational mini-doc on teenage drinking in which a

teen counselor was to be a featured interviewee. My plan was for her to

serve as narrative glue and developmental context for the teen interviews,

which were held with high-schoolers who ranged from non-drinkers to

heavy drinkers. As we were setting up the shot, however, our interviewee

made it clear that she wanted to deliver her remarks directly to camera

as a host. She felt that commenting directly about the various issues

explored by the film would be highly effective as segment introductions.