Blocking PlanA blocking plan is a vision the director has of the movement and activities of a scene in 3-D. They are typically sketched from an aerial perspective.

The “scene shaping” – the construction of its emotional action – is crucial to the quality of the scene produced. This way the director has a clear plan for the scene, props and actors, and a clear vision on how he wants them, versus  moving them around the set like furniture.

Some directors – and producers and executives – insist that by opting for excessive coverage and editing, they keep options open; when in reality they are severely limiting them. The potential to produce a story that fills the subtext and brings to life the emotional and physical aspects, is squandered by the screening of random talking heads and shot compositions. A rule of thumb for directors: always shoot as though it is for your master shot.