CHAPTER 3

LOCATIONS

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Andy Collins

SETTINGS ARE CHARACTERS IN your story. A location can evoke a particular emotion, frame a theme, and provide context for central characters. Just a few quick establishing shots in a location can make all the difference in defining the tone for a coming scene or interview. Sound also plays a crucial role in a story. I’ve shot in urban environments when the streetscape visual and audio play a critical role in establishing the characters on screen. Recently I was shooting an exterior sequence on a cold, rainy day in Chicago. Establishing the main character walking on a busy street, with Chicago’s iconic elevated subway ...

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