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Phil Cooke Podcast

Oct 1, 2019

Game shows, live events and sporting events are often filmed with multi-cameras. Phil Cooke https://philcooke.cominterviews multi-camera director Clay Jacobsen who shares practical tips on how to capture a compelling experience on your next multi-cam gig. Bonus tips for church media directors in directing for the audience while directing for the IMAG screen.


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More about this episode: Clay Jacobsen Interview: Multi-Camera Directing

With over 40 years of TV production experience, Clay Jacobsen’s multi-cam directing credits include the Dove Awards, American Idol Extra, Ellen and Entertainment Tonight. He currently directs the television game show Jeopardy. Here are important take-aways from his interview with Phil Cooke…


  • It’s important to give the viewer what they want in a multi-camera show.
  • Make it look real; if it’s too flawless, people will wonder if it’s live!
  • Get the right crew around you.
  • Never look at the program monitor; if you do, you’re behind! Look at all cameras to be a step ahead of what’s happening next.
  • In a church multi-cam setting, you’ve got to ask: How can I best help my pastor tell his message well?
  • Keep in mind you have two audiences: the live audience and the people watching from home. Audience shots are important for the viewers at home.
  • Lighting: a good room can look cheap if it’s not lit right.
  • Know the limitations of your camera people. Get out there and operate a camera to know what can and cannot be done.
  • Faith in Hollywood: You don’t have to bang people over the head. Your light is the witness… When someone is in trouble, they will talk to you.
  • Know your craft as well as you can. Make sure you’re on a track you want to be on.


A Primetime Emmy nominee, Clay Jacobsen is a member of the Director’s Guild of America. An alumna of Oral Roberts University, Jacobsen is also an author of multiple novels “that challenge the spirit.”


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