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Old June 3rd, 2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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How much do you plan staging?

Do you give your actors precise trajectories, e.g., to go from point A to B over the course of a number of lines, or do you feel that this is artificial?
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Old June 5th, 2006, 12:40 AM   #2
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It's all artificial, we just have to convince the audience it's not. I like to spike my actors so they can deliver the important lines from a given point in the frame. I light and shoot for that. That said, I don't move my camera much yet (was more concerned with learning lighting and sound on my last project). I tend to move my actors in frame to make up for it. So the necessity is for them to deliver some specific lines from certain points in the location. I put down spikes and lines with painter's tape for them to follow and land on.
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