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clyde villegas
Slating 101
on Jun 12, 2010 at 5:52:16 am

I'm imagining the following scene with the following characters: Pedro, Juan, and Mario.

Pedro approaches Juan and talks to him, while Mario is seated on a bench about three meters away from them. Juan talks to Pedro. They discussed something. Pedro became angry, pulls out a gun and shot Juan. Mario grinned while looking at Pedro. Pedro looks at Mario, turned his back and walked away.

Shooting with just one video camera, I'm thinking of doing these shots:

1. Midshot of Pedro with handheld camera following him.
2. Wide establishing shot of Pedro and Juan as they met.
3. Midshot of the of Pedro talking to Juan, pulling his gun out and shooting.
4. Close up shot of Pedro (the same as #3 as alternative shot in editing)
5. Midshot of Juan talking to Pedro, his reactions, and his getting shot.
6. Close up shot of Juan (the same as #5 as alternative shot in editing)

Other shots:

7. Mid shot of Mario as he is seating on the bench, slightly glancing at the other two actors.
8. Close up of Mario as he looks at Pedro, and then grinning. In editing, I'll use the first half of this clip (when Mario looks at Pedro), cut to a close up of Pedro in #9, then use the next half of this clip (where Mario is grinning).
9. Close up of Pedro (not the same angle as #4) as he looks at Mario and turning his back
10. Close up of the gun as being pulled from the waistband
11. Close up of the muzzle of the gun as it is being fired.

How do you slate numbers 1 to 11? In Wikipedia, a typical clapperboard has a scene numbers, camera angles, and take numbers. Since numbers 1 to 11 are just shots, not scenes, where do you write the shot number?

ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus

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Todd Terry
Re: Slating 101
on Jun 12, 2010 at 1:55:18 pm

Typically you would use numbers for scenes and letters for shots.

For example, your master might be Scene 5 Take 1.... followed of course with Scene 5 Take 2, Take 3, Take 4, etc.

Then when you move to the first new camera setup, that's Scene 5A (with the take numbering re-starting with Scene 5A Take 1).

Each new camera setup (or new/different part of dialog or action within the same camera setup or position) gets the next sequential letter.


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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