Production Practices

“Cutting has sometimes become too frenetic. It is important to let the action in the frame tell the story instead of fast cutting.”

John Nienaber, Producer


Action line/axis of action line/eye line: The imaginary line along the direction of the action in the scene. Cameras should shoot from only one side of this line.

Crash start: Takes us straight into the program, which appears to have begun already: An automobile screams to a stop outside a store, a figure throws a bomb that explodes, an alarm bell shrills, a police siren wails—the show has begun and titles roll over the chasing vehicles.

Cutaway shot: These ...

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