FilmmakingFilter: Best practices for making post-production easy
November 5, 2022 7:29 PM   Subscribe

We're continuing our 7-minute short film project which we plan to enter into a festival. We are shooting this weekend. What are some best practices to reduce the complexity of post-production? This is an indoor set with two actors. We did a storyboard and we think we have a complete shot list. We will slate every take. What are some "filler" shots that we could use to make up for gaps in coverage?
posted by storybored to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: We'll shoot a master shot and two over the shoulder shots for a start.
posted by storybored at 7:30 PM on November 5, 2022

Don’t reshoot a whole take when a pickup will do. If the take is pretty good, except for a few spots, just reshoot that troublesome section.

Also make sure your actors are reacting when it’s not their lines. Being able to cut away to an actor listening is helpful in editing.
posted by Pretty Good Talker at 7:37 PM on November 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

if one of your actors does an interesting gesture while talking, make a note of it and get a close up of the gesture later
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:33 PM on November 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

Props. Without knowing the script, if any of your actors might be using a prop, get close ups of that. For example, checking a phone, picking up a fork, reaching for a cup, etc.
posted by perhapses at 9:18 PM on November 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

If you are ok with props being handled in a scene, make sure you mark the position and timing, it'll help in the editing.
posted by cendawanita at 1:57 AM on November 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

Yeah, hands doing things. Picking things up, playing with hair, hanging at sides. They're very expressive and can fill in gaps.
posted by goatdog at 7:52 AM on November 6, 2022

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