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    What is the best length for a scene. And what is the best length for a shot. Please mention some length according to your perspective.

  • #2
    There really is not set "Best" length for either. Watch Russian Ark - the entire movie was shot in one single take or Orson Well's "Touches of Evil" the opening shot was about 12 mins long...or more recently the opening scene for "La La Land".

    As far as scene length...it is the same thing. Make sure you have enough conflict in your scene to support the length. A screenwriting teacher of mine, Corey Mandell would always ask the question, "Does your conflict support your page count." Longer scenes are always harder to write but it is doable...Watch the bar scene in "Inglorious Bastards", I believe it is about 20+ mins long.

    Hope that helps.
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    • #3
      still we can add some cutaway shots to divide the scene. so that actors can memorize dialogue easily. And shooting will be faster..

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      • #4
        Of course, get the coverage you need to tell the story. But i would highly recommend getting the actors to do the scene in its entirety for each set-up/angle/shot. You'll get better performances and it will speed up shooting. If you do one line at a time you will feel it in the edit.
        Last edited by Jared Isham; 06-09-2017, 09:39 PM.
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        • #5
          A scene Sequence is as follows : 2-shot->Girl OTS -> Girl Single -> Girl OTS -> girl Single -> 2-shot -> Boy OTS -> Boy Single -> Boy OTS -> Girl OTS -> Boy OTS -> Girl OTS -> boy OTS -> girl OTS -> girl Single -> boy Single

          Means there are 5-set up/coverage {2-shot, boy OTS, Girl OTS, Boy Single, Girl Single}.

          Now how u make it as shot list, According to the coverage or according to the above sequence.

          And if a coverage timing is very very less assume 5-sec then why I will shoot whole scene for that coverage. Then How I will shoot that small coverage.
          Last edited by satyaos; 06-09-2017, 12:01 PM.

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          • #6
            According to the coverage.

            2 shot or WS
            OTS on Boy
            OTS on Girl
            Single on Boy (sometimes i write it as CU or MCU Clean [clean means that nothing else is in the foregroud of their shot...an OTS would be considered dirty])
            Single on Girl

            you dont need to mark edits in your shot list, that you figure out in the edit. Just run the entire scene for each angle or as much of it as possible. I always start in the wide shots to help the actors get a feel for the scene and then move into close ups.

            the reason you shoot the entire scene in each angle is you dont know if you will need it until you are in the edit and you always want reaction shots, easier to get them as the scene is going...also, this may seem backwards, but if you run the entire scene for each set up it usually goes faster, not to mention the performances will WAY better. You just have to get your actors to be as prepared as you are.

            hope that helps.
            Last edited by Jared Isham; 06-09-2017, 09:43 PM.
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