What is the process of “Shooting a Take”?

What is the process of “Shooting a Take”?

Here’s the sequence of events when shooting a take:

  • You ask if everyone is ready.
  • If so, you yell “quiet on the set”.
  • When the set is quiet, you yell “roll camera”.
  • Then, the camera operator (probably you) starts the camera rolling. After watching the white timecode numbers advance three seconds, the camera operator yells “camera rolling” or “speed” (meaning the camera is “up to speed”)
  • The talent then goes into character but waits before beginning any action.
  • After a few more moments, you yell “Action”.
  • The talents waits a moment more, then starts the take.
  • After the action is finished, the talent holds character and waits.
  • Several seconds after the action is over, you yell “Cut”.
  • The camera operator waits a moment, then stops recording.
  • The talent and everyone relaxes.
  • You yell “That was perfect! Now let’s try it one more time.”

1 Comment

  1. Branden Harrington 14 years ago

    This may be a bit off topic, but I just want to put it out there

    Generally, What the director may do on a film/television set, is shoot mulitiple takes, and that means is just in case if the performer or interviwee messes up on a line or phrase, then that director can give the order of basically re-shooting that phrase or line that was performed, thus the term ” Re-take” another reason why a director may want to do a retake(S) is for the simple reason of having a wide array of different shots or lines that might of happened during the shot. And the director may want to have a nice group of shots to choose from, so once he or she goes into the editing room with the editor for the film or TV program, they choose from that array of takes.

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