What is the process of “Shooting a Take”?
Posted in cinematography
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.”