HOW TO HIDE BAD ACTING IN YOUR FILM
Casting for your film is of extreme importance because if you don’t do it right it’ll mitigate every other good thing in your film.
However, if you go ahead an cast poorly or just can’t get good actors, here’s a trick that will help hide bad acting: Get plenty of coverage!
First of all, what is coverage? Coverage is the amount of shots (from various angles) that a director shoots to capture a scene. In post production (editing) these various shots will be assembled in a fashion that tells your story. The more footage (shots) you have the greater flexibility the editor will have in assembling the final cut of your film.
A simplistic definition of coverage is film the actor (subject) doing the same thing from multiple camera angles. This can be done with the single camera setup or using the multiple camera setup.
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COVERAGE WITH THE SINGLE CAMERA SETUP
With one camera rolling (recording) you have your actor perform the act while you record from one angle. Then you yell cut, move the camera to another angle and have the actor perform the same act again for you to record. The act must be carried out In precisely the same way as the previous. Otherwise you run the risk off confusing your audience or looking amateurish in the final cut of the film. Repeat as necessary. Check out Single Camera Setup: Directing With Purpose for more information on using the single camera setup.
COVERAGE WITH THE MULTIPLE CAMERA SETUP
This is where you have multiple cameras rolling at the same time as your actor performs. Attention, for this to work the cameras have to be setup at different angles from another. For example, one in close up, the other in a medium shot, etc. Check our 7 Basic Camera Shots And When To Use Them for an introduction on camera shots.
USING COVERAGE TO HIDE BAD ACTING
To help you hide bad acting in a scene or throughout a movie, you need to film enough coverage. How this will help you is when bad acting seeps in one angle you can cut to another angle where the acting is better. The key to making this work is to make sure your continuity is on point. For example, your actors expressions, the lighting, props, etc., need to be continuous from angle to angle. Otherwise this technique will not work. The viewer will note the difference and will either be confused or deem your work as amateurish.
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