Storytelling Through a Director’s Lens

Get a close-up look at live TV storytelling through the director’s lens from one of the best in the business. Follow along with director Jason Martinez from MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

Asked about the role of a TV director, Martinez said, “The director comes up with the visual presentation for the broadcast. If you see it in your mind, you can create that. That’s really what we do. We take that concept and we make it a reality and then we present it to the audience.”

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Martinez also shows how his team blocks out the positions and movement of the cameras, and where Hayes and his guests will be on the set.

Before the broadcast, Martinez and the team in the control room double-check the video elements to make sure they are playing correctly. Then Hayes goes on set and prepares for the live show.

“I’m very proud of the team of people I work with. I am happiest when I’m in the control room,” Martinez said. “Every day I leave here, I created something I can show you, something that me and my team created. Not many people can do that.”