June 16, 2015 at 8:58AM

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How to shoot 3 people

What is the proper way of shooting 3 people? Should I use 2 cam setup and how to angle each camera. Thank you!

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What are they doing?

Is this a group interview?

Is this a scripted scene?

June 16, 2015 at 9:05AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Shoot two of them and then you only have one left to film.

June 18, 2015 at 6:47AM

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"I looks like we are one horse short."
"You brought two too many."

WalterBrokx

June 18, 2015 at 11:58AM

How long is a piece of string?
It depends on the story.

June 18, 2015 at 11:57AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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. double post...

June 18, 2015 at 11:57AM, Edited June 18, 11:57AM

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WalterBrokx
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As people have mentioned, it depends on the story. Is one of the three the leader? Maybe highlight him alone and the other two together? Are they fighting? Are they planning?

Watch films where you have three people talking and get inspired from that. First thing I could think of was Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli together, as seen in this scene from LOTR, The Fellowship of the Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GA5AtPl5EY

There's no right way, as long as it tells the story you want to tell.

June 18, 2015 at 3:54PM

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Morten Furre
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It depends on several things: Are they armed, is it a closed area?
When in doubt, i've heard a silenced pistol is the best way to go. The less cameras that can see you, the better.

If you're talking about video, this is one of my favorite scenes I go to, when thinking about keeping continuity in a 3-shot. (the good, the bad and the ugly. In which, ironically, people shoot each other) https://youtu.be/J0BrdMi-oyc

June 18, 2015 at 6:45PM

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Craig Douglas
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I'm glad that I'm not the only one that suffers with literalism in reading. My initial though was "What would Kim Jong-un do?"

In town the other day, a woman had a T shirt on that read, "Ask me about breastfeeding" and I thought to myself that I was sure that the answer would be no.

Perhaps one camera could be fixed on a tripod and another free to move. By cutting between the two, you could eliminate the motion of the second camera only using the footage from it when it is stationary.

June 19, 2015 at 1:41AM, Edited June 19, 1:44AM

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Julian Richards
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It depends on each situation but here is some solutions you can do :
- two on one side, the other one in front of them, you keep one the camera on the one that is alone and the other on the two.
- you put them in half ring, one large to get them all and the other camera do close up or both camera do close up but you have some camera movements, it works too, even better than the large + close.

June 19, 2015 at 5:00AM

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AvdS
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Two cams, but you can do it with one. You must have clear where is your 180 degree.

June 23, 2015 at 2:25AM

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Rag├╝el Cremades
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