A few weeks ago we’ve talked about the Master scene method. Now I want to teach you another film directing technique called “The Triple Take method” and sometimes also called “The Overlapping Method”. It’s a very easy method and the purpose of this directing method is to cut in action while maintaining continuity.¬
The triple take method is a great method especially when working without a script and for documentaries, but also great for scripted scenes.
How does the film directing technique works?
The main idea here is to start each shot with the last action of the shot before it, so those two actions are now overlapping.¬ Let’s say you have a scene where the actor is opening his house door, entering his home, walking to the TV, opening it and sits on his couch. You will shoot him opening the door and getting inside the house in one angle, then you want to shoot him walking to the TV in a different angle, so you tell the actor to stop, change the angle and now you will shoot him walking towards¬†the TV, but the actor will to go a few steps backwards and start the shot from the part of stepping inside the house, so you¬†will¬†have that action in both angles. Now he is walking to the TV and you want to shoot the part where he turns it on in a different angle, so again, he will take a few steps back and play the action including turning the TV on. Now we want the part of him sitting on the couch in a different angle, so we’ll tell the actor to stop, we’ll change the angle and tell him to start from the part of turning the TV on (which we already filmed in the angle before). Click Here to Buy From Amazon
As I said it’s a very simple method, but I would shoot also a master scene to make sure the editor will have somewhere to turn to if something went wrong and we didn’t notice. Also, remember it’s a very technically scene that might be hard for the actor to work with, so don’t use it on emotional scenes.
The Master scene method¬†is the first tool you’ll use when you approach a scene. No matter how much you’ve worked on your shooting script, there is always something that can go wrong on set and you’ll miss¬†it .¬†The master shot technique method¬†comes to the rescue in such cases.
The master scene method is one of the¬†films directing fundamentals¬ techniques that began during the silent movies in the 20’s. It was a time when video editing wasn’t as easy as it is now.¬
In the editing room, if you find you missed a shot,¬†you can go to this cover shot to the rescue.
Master shot method tip When shooting a scene in a room, the master shot will¬†usually be in the opposite corner. If you are shooting outside, just look for the farthest spot that will cover everything in the shot.