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    Default Question about directing scenes for actors demo reels.

    I got a gig directing scenes in which actors act out scenes, which will be edited for their demo reels later. However, when it comes to directing a scene in which an actor is going to use for his/her demo reel, to show off their talents, should I shoot it all in one take, with no other coverage?

    Shooting it all in one take shows off that they can nail a scene all in the one take, kind of like an audition tape. However, by doing it all in a master, they will not be able to have close ups of their acting.

    For example, the first scene I am shooting the two actors will be about 40 feet apart at least, cause of what is happening in the scene. So it will therefore, be a pretty wide master. So I should I get close ups, or should I do it all in one shot, like an audition tape, for a demo reel?

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    Close ups show off emotion, so for a demo reel they are quite important. Why do the actors have to be so far apart?

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    Are the actors committed to using that particular scene for this purpose?

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    Yes the actors have been assigned that scene by their acting class teacher, and have been rehearsing it. Basically it's a police stand off situation, and in that type of situation where their are guns pointed, and a life is at steak, the cop is going to want to stay back about 40 feet I would think and is not going to want to come so close to the person holding a weapon, who is threatening to kill someone, if the cop comes closer, or tries anything. So they need to be kind of far apart for this scene.

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