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Planning -- Shooting to Edit

Before planning any shoot, you must know how the footage is to be edited. This will make a radical difference to how you approach the shoot. Primarily, you need to know if there will be post-production, or if you will be editing in-camera.

If the footage is to be edited in post, it's helpful to know things such as who will be editing, what equipment will be used, how much post time is available, etc.

If the editing is going to be "fast and dirty", then you shouldn't get too carried away with the number of shots you provide. For example, if you record five versions of each shot, then you may well find that the first version of each shot is the one that gets used. The other four shots have only served to slow down the editor.

On the other hand, if this is an important production with emphasis on getting details right, you'll want to provide more options for post-production. In this case, it might be prudent to get a few different versions of the important shots, as well as a few extra cutaways, etc.

If the footage is to be edited in-camera, you'll need to plan your sequence of shooting very carefully.

Planning a Sequence

Here are a few guidelines for planning a sequence of shots. Like all rules in this game, learn them and use them before you start flaunting them.

There's an argument that says you shouldn't edit your own camera work. This is because you're too "close" to it, and you won't see it as objectively as another editor. For example, if a particular shot was difficult or time-consuming to get, you may be biased toward using it, whereas another editor will treat it with the same ruthless disregard as all the other shots.