Are you the type who instantly knows when a take is good, or one who does another three takes to be safe?
A good take consists of so many elements that need to come together. Performance is the most important aspect and when several takes are done, there is a risk that the actor is just doing an impression of their first take's performance. Generally I try to keep takes to a minimum, unless there is a real need to run a re-take beyond take 3.
I think I would know right away but have little to no exprience on a set.
I know it when I see it.
I think it was Clint Eastwood who once said that he liked to only do three or four takes because after that you couldn't really remember what the first one was like. Its a great discipline to know what you want and to set up a scenario and environment that is conducive to getting it.
I don't like to do a lot of takes, I like to plan, rehearse, adjust and then shoot.
I usually instantly know when the take is good and I don't take anymore but sometimes I am not sure so I take a few more.
I take safety takes only when I've achieved my pick. It might take a lot of takes before I greenlight the one I choose. But the safety takes will only come after that. I don't believe in bad takes though. All the footage is usable. You'll be surprised.
I do know instantly if a take is good... but, even though I know it's good - I don't like to leave myself exposed, and always shoot backup. (Anything can - and will - go wrong; a boom mic could come into frame, a light could fail etc.)
I never do a take to be safe. I only do 2 or 3. I move fast. I find most actors are best in the first few takes. I always know the take I will cut with, as I am cutting when I shoot in my head
I know, immediately. However, it could easily be take one, take ten, or take sixteen! It's a per-situation kind of thing.
Always go again for the love of filmmaking.
i know in the first 60 seconds of someone's audition if they are going to get a callback or not. when you have been doing it as long as I have you just know.
the flow is there the character comes naturally it's a huge love fest and it gets me so excited.
I usually get one for safety but I am practical and if I'm running out of time or have other priorities to get to, I will go with one when I feel that it's good enough. I rarely feel I've 'nailed' it but that's probably just due to chronic second guessing syndrome.
I know when it's good, the three to be safe are in case of 'who knows what?'!!
I'm all for giving the director as many takes as he or she needs. If they want 50 takes, let's do 50 and I'll give my best for each of them. Lower budget shoots often require you to only get one or two shots at a scene, so there's no warmup time either. But I've been on set with actors who complain or refuse to do multiple takes and I figure if you can't give a good performance the entire shoot, you shouldn't be there.
another take in case i got a bonus.
I always know when the take is perfect. However, I do multiple takes.
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