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Old April 25 2010, 06:05 AM   #316
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That sucks. Sorry, Dennis. Wish there were a way to save your hard work.
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Old April 25 2010, 06:37 AM   #317
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What will happen if you have to do any pickup shots? Rebuild?
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Old April 25 2010, 11:33 AM   #318
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Based on what we shot, any pickups we might need could probably be done with one or two isolated limbo set pieces. I worked very hard on the shoot to get as much B-Roll as possible to cover many possible editing contingencies. We've got tons of shots of people reacting, leaving and taking their stations, walking in and looking at the viewer, working their stations, etc. Coverage is safety.
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Old April 25 2010, 06:39 PM   #319
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That's an excellent point, and you've given me some insight into what we should do. Perhaps a couple of hours of filming general shots to yield 15 mins of general footage is a good idea...
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Old April 25 2010, 09:24 PM   #320
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Any idea what the final running time will be? I forget if this has been mentioned already.
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Old April 25 2010, 11:05 PM   #321
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Probably about an hour, give or take.

Maurice's experience and preparation has already saved our asses on this show and doubtless will again.
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Old April 26 2010, 09:28 AM   #322
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^^ Ah, I was wondering, if it were movie length, if there was some chance of getting it aired on Sciffy or somesuch.
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Old April 26 2010, 11:13 AM   #323
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^^ Ah, I was wondering, if it were movie length, if there was some chance of getting it aired on Sciffy or somesuch.
Personally I'd rather buy it on DVD. Preferrably through a way where the team behind the production gets more than the usual fraction left after a distributor and other middlemen.
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Old April 26 2010, 01:16 PM   #324
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^^ Ah, I was wondering, if it were movie length, if there was some chance of getting it aired on Sciffy or somesuch.
Personally I'd rather buy it on DVD. Preferrably through a way where the team behind the production gets more than the usual fraction left after a distributor and other middlemen.
Seconded.
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Old April 26 2010, 03:06 PM   #325
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I'm glad to see that there's support for DVDs. We'll be looking into several distribution channels, of course, and nothing will really be settled for quite a while.

I'm kind of narrow-focus - get the work done the best that we can do it and then move on to the next part. You always have to keep the next part of the process in mind, of course, but I try not to concentrate on it. Right now we've got twenty-two pages of script to shoot in three days this weekend.
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Old April 26 2010, 04:05 PM   #326
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Thanks for the heads-up. It's already good to know you're looking into it.
And I'm sure Jason could be bribed into designing a booklet cover.
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Old April 26 2010, 11:21 PM   #327
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I'll buy it on DVD in any case, but a broadcast deal means more exposure and more money for the creators.
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Old April 26 2010, 11:32 PM   #328
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Damn straight.
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Old April 28 2010, 12:20 AM   #329
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Damn straight.
Plus it might become a series and that would make us all happy.
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Old April 28 2010, 07:06 AM   #330
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That's an excellent point, and you've given me some insight into what we should do. Perhaps a couple of hours of filming general shots to yield 15 mins of general footage is a good idea...
Some general rules of thumb:

1. Make sure you understand what matched looks are and that you REALLY understand what "the line" is in a scene.

2. Don't try complicated staging if it's your first film. If nothing else, watch Citizen Kane, and copy the setups, as they're uniformly amazing.

3. Avoid shots with characters in profile. Seeing people from the side is the least interesting and least intimate. Always get them facing somewhat into the camera.

4. NEVER shoot only a single setup of anything. ALWAYS shoot some coverage from a different angle, setup, and size, so you have something to cut away to if you need to clip different takes together or lose part of the action.

5. Always shoot an entrance and and exit (thanks, David Mamet). This means characters entering and exiting the shot. It's essentially free, and can save your butt if you need cut something out and need a character to enter at a different time than in the master.

6. Shoot B-Roll of characters doing their jobs, looking up and towards other characters off camera, reacting to things they hear, etc.
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