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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Shooting Unrehearsed Action

Rehearsals are important! It is the production team’s opportunity to judge whether their ideas and organization are going to work out. The director wants to check action, performance, shots, sound, lighting, staging and the various other contributory elements as fully as possible.

Preparation

Some situations simply can’t be rehearsed – because the performers will not be arriving before the recording session, or you are shooting a once-only event, or because the situation is quite unpredictable (especially where animals or children are involved!). However, instead of just positioning cameras and hoping, an experienced director devises a flexible plan of campaign that will cover the best options, and can be adapted as ...

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