Editing: Multiple Camera Mode (Discussion)

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Multiple camera vs. single camera

  1. What is it about scenes from soap operas as they appear onscreen that mark them as multiple-camera productions and not single-camera productions--as discussed in Television? See video clips on Blackboard and screenshots online from:
    • Days of Our Lives
    • All My Children
    • All Groups: List at least three aspects of these scenes that mark them as multiple-camera.
  2. Similarly, how can you tell that a The New Adventures of Old Christine episode, "Ritchie Scores" (8 January 2007) is a multiple-camera sitcom? (See video clip on Blackboard, online screenshots, and a PDF table.)
    • All Groups: List at least three multiple-camera aspects of the Old Christine scene that it shares with the As the World Turns and All My Children examples.
  3. In which situations is single camera preferred? In which is multiple camera preferred?
    • All Groups: List at least two examples of each.
  4. All Groups: List four single-camera TV shows and four multiple-camera shows, but don't use the examples in the textbook.
    • Single camera:
    • Multiple camera:

Multiple-camera exercise: "The Contest," Seinfeld, October 26, 1992

  • Each student should pretend they are director Tom Cherones (an Alabama native!):
  1. Diagram the camera positions for this scene.
  2. Where would you cut? Which camera-position would you use for each shot? Write the camera positions in the margins of the script. (If you don't have a printed copy of the script, indicate on your diagram the line number of dialogue that would be shot from each camera position--using this line-numbered version of the script.)


  1. Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture. New York: Routledge, 2018.

External links

  1. Television Style video examples
  2. Seinfeld scene breakdown materials
  3. Seinfeld excerpt, see Blackboard.
  4. Hybrid mode of production in How I Met Your Mother
  5. Multiple-camera editing in Days of Our Lives