Editing: Multiple Camera Mode (Discussion)
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Multiple camera vs. single camera
- 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.
- 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.
- In which situations is single camera preferred? In which is multiple camera preferred?
- All Groups: List at least two examples of each.
- 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!):
- Diagram the camera positions for this scene.
- 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.)
- Below are stills from the recreated set, used in an episode of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm and a set miniature by Charles Brogdon.
- Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture. New York: Routledge, 2018.