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    I'm writing a script at the moment for a short and it looks like I'll only have access to one camera on the day of shooting.

    The thing is I want to shoot the piece from a lot of different angles. The usual two-way over the shoulder shots of course, but also have medium close ups, two shots from low angles and lots of extreme close ups as it's a bit of a tension piece.

    It's only a ten minutes short at most, 2 characters and all in the one location (living room), and my first thought was to just shoot the whole thing many times and re-position the camera each time. The thing is I don't want to burn out the actors, becasue you are talking about repeating the whole thing about maybe seven or eight times over, and that's not accounting for multiple takes or line fluffs etc.

    If it has to be that it gets done loads of times then fine (I can't see any other way), but I'm just want to check that this is the most efficient way. Obviously the extreme close ups and inserts can be done on their own and not part of the larger piece, but some of the other medium shots "could" in theory just be done n their own, but I'm not keen on setting up the camera just to get one or two lines filmed at that angle, as I think it would feel broken from the actors point of view. I'd like to have some breathing space for editing as well and to have the whole thing done at many angles would give that.

    If I have to go the hard way then that's fine by me, but any advice would be great!

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    That's pretty much the standard way of doing it, yes.

    My major suggestions are (1) limit yourself to the angles that you really need/want, meaning go over everything with a fine tooth comb and get a second opinion and (2) make sure that you have someone in charge of continuity. All of those great shots will be wasted if glasses have different levels of drink, cigarette butts are different lengths, etc.

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    Thanks for the reply. I have more confidence now knowing that's just how it's done.

    Great tips too. Both characters will be smoking for some atmosphere so I will indeed make continuity a priority, and have a long think about what's absolutely necessary and what isn't.

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