Avoid brief shots

  • Always record the beginning and end of the action, to allow editing. Do not wait to record until the action starts. Extra footage on each side of the action, also known as heads or tails, will give the editor the opportunity to utilize dissolves, fades, and allow him or Faulty Takesher to best trim the footage
  • Where possible, start and finish a long panning shot with a still shot.

Extra editing material (usually called “b” poll)

  • Always shoot some cutaways showing the setting, general scene, bystanders’ reactions, and so on.
  • Decide if specific reaction shots would be appropriate.
  • It sometimes helps to shoot the same scene at a different pace (slow pan and faster pan) to allow editing flexibility.

Faulty takes

  • If an action sequence goes wrong, it is sometimes better to retake it
  • entirely. At other times, just change the camera angle (or shot size), and retake the action from just before the error was made (called a pickup shot).
  • Do not record over an unsuccessful shot. Parts of it may be usable during the editing process.

Establishing shots

  • Start shooting with a wide shot of the scene (called an establishing shat), even if it is not used in the end. This will make the editor understand the placement of the other shots.
  • Try taking a long shot (cover shot or master shot) of every scene, then repeat the action taking shorter shots.