November 6, 2016 at 6:35AM


Test shooting

Do you guys test shoot every shot before actually shooting your film? And how thoroughly do you do it?
When you shoot your actual shot is it the same as the one you tested or do you improvise when filming?


I don't test anything unless I'm trying out a new camera, but I don't do that during actual projects.
When on-set, we set up the lighting, take readings, make adjustments as necessary, then rehearse takes. When we think we've worked out the details, we shoot for "keepers" only. This is especially important when working with film due to the expense. We can usually get good takes in 1-5 tries working that way.

November 7, 2016 at 8:51AM


Do you practise with the actors before then?
And don't you ever miss having more time to plan the shot?

Emil F. Skanning

November 9, 2016 at 5:38AM

Many productions have rehearsals with actors before principle photography begins, but that's more common for TV shows than movies, never for commercials as far as I've seen.
When rehearsing on-set, the camera crew can practice moves but they don't shoot it. That would be a waste since there's lots of interruptions for the director to give input or answer questions. The shots are planned before we start production, so time isn't a problem. We might get an unplanned shot off the cuff like going hand-held instead of on a dolly, but a skilled crew can execute it on the first try as long as it isn't anything stupidly weird.

November 9, 2016 at 7:38AM


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