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Film Directing Fundamentals, 2nd Edition by Nicholas Proferes

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Chapter 8

Staging and Camera for A Piece of Apple Pie

Staging

Once we have drawn the floor plan of the diner (Figure 8–1), where do we start? In some scenes we may start at the beginning and work forward, and if we find that we are painting ourselves into a corner we can make adjustments. That's what our eraser is for. In general, I believe you will find that for most dramatic scenes the fulcrum can be a fruitful place to begin choreographing your blocking. (Since A Piece of Apple Pie is also a complete film, some might call it the turning point, but because I consider the fulcrum as a director's tool for articulation of this significant dramatic moment I will refer to it as such.) However, for this scene, there is some other business to figure ...

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