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Media Production by Amanda Willett

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14 Taking a shot

Before you start shooting for film or TV it’s worth thinking about the process of actually taking a shot. Filming should not be just a sequence of unplanned and random shots. Each shot that you take needs to be planned and thought about. Once you have found the shot you want to take, you may need to rehearse it. This is particularly true if it is a piece to camera or if there is some action in the shot. Your shot may include some kind of movement, pans, and tilts; again it’s useful just to rehearse this before you actually take the shot. You will want to know where your shot begins and ends and get a sense of how long the shot is going to take, and how interesting it is. There is no point having a long, slow pan which mostly ...

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