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Film Directing Fundamentals, 3rd Edition by Nicholas Proferes

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C H A P T E R 8

STAGING AND CAMERA FOR A PIECE OF APPLE PIE

Staging

After we have drawn the floor plan of the diner (Figure 8-1), where do we start? In some scenes we might 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, you will find that for most dramatic scenes the fulcrum can be a fruitful place to begin choreographing your blocking. (Because A Piece of Apple Pie is also a complete film, some might call it the turning point, but because I consider the fulcrum to be 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 ...

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