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Nicholas Bierzonski
Re: Close ups
on Dec 1, 2008 at 5:28:40 pm

I thought I would add something to the fine suggestions given in this thread. I recommend you shoot some cutaway shots that will not matter continuity-wise. This way if you encounter continuity issues you can cover glaring jumpcuts. For example...if I were shooting an interview I would be sure to shoot a few variations of the interviewer nodding their head as if they are listening to the interviewee. This allows me to cover a jump cut or audio edit while the interviewer is on camera.

If you are shooting close ups of doors on a model car being described by the talent...angle the close up of the door so that it does not show the talent. If the talent isn't in the shot there is no action to match. Or use a shallow depth of field so the talent is out of focus behind the car. These cut away shots can be life savers. If you find you don't need them in the edit; No harm. But you'll sleep better at night knowing you've covered your butt.

-Nicholas Bierzonski
Senior Editor/DVD Author/Java Boy

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