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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Be Familiar with Your Subject

During preproduction time, as some must wisely be scheduled before the shoot, you should familiarize yourself with the material in the project. Whether it is a documentary being made or a fictional narrative story being told, you should know the subject matter, the persons involved, and, obviously, the days and order of shooting. Read the entire script if you can get your hands on a copy. Understand the tone of the piece—dark, heavy, light, happy, etc. Be as familiar as possible with the locations if possible. Anticipate the needs of the director and the editor while watching for opportunities to make the entire production better. Good preparation of this kind will put you more at ease while shooting and allow you ...

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