A Study of Instruction in Television in Texas Senior Colleges and of Employee Qualifications Sought by Texas Telecasters Page: 44
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Television Writing qualifications
The telecasters o£ Texas are in agreement on the best
possible source of training for writ ears of television mater-
ials* they agree tint movie-scenario writing is tlie most
analogous to the video medium. They place writing for the
stage m next most important; writing for M radio is ratod
ia third position, and writing for the printed .media Is rated
as least important.
mis rating is explained by the nature of the television
medium; it is a medium of sight and sound, a medium of move-
ment, a medium that allows an intermixture of close-ups and
angle shota. It can transmit the image of a performer's
body as a full-length picture, or it can single out a part
of his body for olose-ap emphasis. The commercial motion
picture has utilized these approaches for some time now*
The stage is a more fixed medium in that the action -is framed
within the confines of the proscenium arch. M radio depends
on sound alone to convey its ideas, while the printed media
rely on sight alone*
Telecastera pointed out that since television combines
some of the approaches of all iiedia, it would be well for the
student preparing himself for television writing to investi-
gate the techniques of writing for motion pictures, the
stage, sound broadcasting, and the printed media.
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Helton, William Bernard. A Study of Instruction in Television in Texas Senior Colleges and of Employee Qualifications Sought by Texas Telecasters, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130211/m1/49/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .