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matthew chung
shot list for a scene from glengarry glen ross
on May 2, 2008 at 6:02:42 am

i was looking at this clip







how do you think they shot it? all the master wide shots first and then coverage, or 1 master wide shot, coverage for that wide shot, another master wide, coverage for that wide shot, and so on?



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todd mcmullen
Re: shot list for a scene from glengarry glen ross
on May 4, 2008 at 12:41:39 pm

Mathew,
I did not look at this clip but in this situation it might be best to do a couple of different angles
of a wide shot and then let your camera operator go in an cover it free form. Your operator should know what your actors are doing by then and be able to cover the action. After a few of those passes pick up the moments and dialogue you have missed and you should have a pretty interesting scene. IMO to stage each shot with all these people will turn into a boring scene.

Todd McMullen
Flip Flop Films
Austin
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Rick Amundson
Re: shot list for a scene from glengarry glen ross
on May 4, 2008 at 6:56:22 pm

And don't forget to use your coverage to support the story. Try to find angles hat not only cover the dialog, but put people and objects in an interesting relationship to each other. Notice in this scene that Alec Baldwin is always shot from a low angle making him look big and menacing. I believe the camera gets lower as the scene progresses. When you see other characters from his POV you are always looking down on them. It shows his dominance.

There is no magic formula to create a shot list, it's up to your creativity. That's the art of our business.

Rick Amundson
Producer/Director/DP
Screenscape Studios
Bravo Romeo Entertainment
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