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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 37

MONITORING PROGRESS

 

A director's recurring nightmare is to discover that a vital angle or shot has been overlooked, and it is impossible to reconvene the crew and cast. Such catastrophes are more likely in low-budget filmmaking, where too few people cover too many tasks. Working fast and hand-to-mouth, intentions must often be modified, and crossing intended shots off a list can easily go awry. The list may be so rife with changes that the list itself becomes a hazard.

When a film's story proceeds by a series of images or when the narrative is carried by nonverbal actions, directing and keeping track of what you have covered is relatively simple. The mistakes and omissions begin to appear when scenes involve several simultaneous ...

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