Re: pre-production tips

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Posted by Michael Raben at on April 27, 2000 at 23:59:30:

In Reply to: low budget solidarity posted by eugene pearlhammer on April 27, 2000 at 11:59:14:

: I'm planning to shoot a film with a lot of dialogue,back and forth banter etc.I was wondering how you achieved those long dialogue takes in 'Clerk's' on limited stock.

In a word, PRE-PRODUCTION. You don't have the money to spend on endless takes and scores of camera angles, so plant your camera and make damn sure that your actors have their performances down, word for word, the way you want them. So how do you make sure everything's ready? REHEARSE! Do it at the location, with the props, under as many of the actual filming conditions that you can supply. Every foot of film (or tape, natch) is money you're spending, so don't waste it.

Michael Raben

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