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Why Pickup Shots Are Crucial For Micro-Budget Features + Shooting Our Pickups Guerrilla Style

Source: Noam Kroll Blog

Why Pickup Shots Are Crucial For Micro-Budget Features + Shooting Our Pickups Guerrilla Style


Many micro-budget filmmakers have an adverse reaction when it comes to pickup shots. After many weeks or months of shooting (usually under extremely difficult circumstances), deciding to put post-production on hold to go out and shoot even more footage can be a tough pill to swallow… I know because I used to dread pickup days myself, and generally did everything I could both in pre-production and production to avoid having to go down that path. Over the years though, I’ve learned to embrace pickups, and now truly see them as an essential part of the filmmaking process. What I once saw as an inconvenience that slowed me down, I now see as a creative opportunity with massive potential. I realized that pickups shouldn’t simply be looked at as a means to capture scenes that were missed during principal photography, but rather to discover new material that could further elevate the story. The pickups on my current feature Shadows On The Road, are a perfect case in point. Currently, we are approaching a picture lock on the feature, and quite honestly we could finish the film without shooting any pickup shots at all. While there were a handful of missed shots during production (mostly b-roll), and a couple of minor scenes that were omitted due to time constraints, the vast majority of the material was captured as planned. And subsequently, a full assembly cut of the film was put together that could have easily been polished up as is, and that would have been that. The old me would have…Read more at: Why Pickup Shots Are Crucial For Micro-Budget Features + Shooting Our Pickups Guerrilla Style


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