June 15, 2017 at 3:33AM, Edited June 15, 3:59AM


Film entire scene in each shot

So the photographer on my last two short films told teased me with the fact that I always record the entire scene in each shot. Say in a dialogue with an over the shoulder, close-up, POV etc on each character, I'd have them say all of their lines in each shot.
Doesn't it make sense to do this? I mean unless you plan how you wanna edit your before before you shoot it (or fx you have a close-up of cigarette being lit, which can only be used once in the scene).

Do you guys plan how you edit the film before you shoot it, and thereby only shoot parts of the scene in each shot, or do you like I do?
And what do you think would be the pros and cons of each method


It is as important to be smart about what's happening in front of the lens as it does to be smart about what you are recording to media. If you have actors who can legitimately deliver all the performance they need to by just saying their half of the lines while one camera is on them, and the other actor can also deliver all the performance that they need to by saying the other half when the camera is repositioned to them, great! But are you creating larger continuity (and acting quality) problems for yourself stitching together two halves that never were a whole except in concept? By shooting the scene straight through, you at least have the human connection between the two actors, as well as the ability to insert some extra reaction you didn't anticipate while in the edit room.

Of course you don't want to be too wasteful with how you film things. Some conversations are so one-sided that you don't really need more than just some reaction shots. But if there's real back-and-forth, don't go overboard trying to edit in camera, especially if that's going to mess up the actors' ability to really act.

June 15, 2017 at 6:44AM


I agree - Also, as your projects get bigger and timelines get shorter it gets seeming harder to shoot every angle of every scene. Everyone's time becomes more limited and you will have to decern which you think is important and most important to your story.

Blake Vincent Kueny

August 21, 2017 at 7:45PM

Unless you are an absolute genius, please shoot it all. If you want to save time and storage space, save it by choosing your angles meaningfully and by rehearsing a lot.

February 28, 2019 at 7:50PM

Misha Aranyshev
Film Editor

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