Conclusions

Those on a tight budget might find the coverage for this scene too extravagant if they are shooting on film. The important consideration always is that the actors be given the time they need to get to an emotional place — to get up to speed psychologically — and the longer, overlapping takes offer the actor that opportunity. But there is an unwritten rule that all successful directors obey: We do what we have to do to get the film made with the resources we have. And there is yet an even more important rule that should supersede that one. We do nothing that is illegal or unethical, and we try as hard as we can to be kind.

At the same time, directors must respect themselves and their work. There are times when they will, accidentally or out of necessity, ruffle feathers. It could be an actor or crew member, and it is almost unavoidable with the tension that is generated during a shoot — due to the long hours, delays caused by weather, sudden loss of locations, clashes of personalities, and so on. What the director must try to do is keep her or his emotions under wraps. Do not lock horns; instead, try reason and logic. But what if this approach does not work? My belief is that everyone in the cast or crew is there to serve the director's vision, so finally the director must insist. How that manifests itself will depend on the director's character, the urgency of the circumstance, and of course the actions and reactions of those causing problems.

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