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Preparing For Takeoff by Arthur Vincie

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Chapter 24

Beyond Basic Planning

EMBRACE CONSTRAINTS

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: constraints can be turned into a framework rather than a constriction. You have a suboptimal location – where the light is a bit off and one wall is unshootable – and a limited span of time to shoot a complicated scene. You can ask for time (don’t have it), a second camera (no money in the budget), or try to stage it in a different location (more money again). Or you can find a way to work the constraints into the equation. Treat it like a poetic structure – the tanka, sonnet, and haiku forms of poetry have very draconian limitations. But working within them becomes a creative challenge, and can lead to real brilliance (apparently Shakespeare thought ...

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