The single-camera setup

Single camera technique is used in film and t.v productions. The basic concept of single camera technique is when a scene is filmed with just one camera rather than having multiple cameras at different angles.

Single camera gives director and producer more control over each shot in the film. In single camera scenes don’t have to be shot in a sequence as they can be arranged later while editing for the final presentation. The plus point of single camera’s is that it is cost effective ,easy to setup and move around. If we compare it with multi-camera format it requires more budgets for cameras and lighting and consumes more time and space and takes a lot of time in setting up lights.

Single camera techniques allows and encourages the directors or screen writers to be more creative in their films as they can film a certain shot in different ways and get the attention of the audience. Apart from this in this technique the editing is not as difficult as multi-camera  and it  performs  also have the edge to be more  intense and  creative on the screen as they do not have to be  too much camera alert for the screen. You might have noticed that in multi camera’s scene are often repetitive. In 1960’s single camera technique was very famous specially in the genera’s like comedy, documentary. Some of the shows which are shot on single camera are; come fly with us, The earl.  later on in 80 and 90 multi-camera technique took over but now the film and drama industry is split between both the techniques .Though action films now days use multi-camera technique a lot.

The single camera technique is mostly used for the sitcoms for showing the subtle humor. A single camera does not occupy much space. If a shoot is being done at an original location which is not much spacious and can not accommodate multiple cameras then single cameras are used. Single camera film making is not live and requires a lot of cuts and editing. It is cost effective and easy to set up at the locations.


Development is the phase where an idea is developed and pitches are stacked for it. In the development stage the script is written and in single camera productions the whole story is written down a sketch of characters are made. When the script is written at this particular stage. It is re -written many times to get the perfection and then it is graded that is called script coverage. Script coverage is actually an analysis or report of the script. It evaluates the script give a summary and to the script. Script coverage is for producers ,directors or agents or managers. Usually, producers and directors are very busy and they hire outside persons to read and grade their script.


Loglines are a small summary of the whole film script defined briefly. They are written in two or three sentences. Loglines are written for the industry professionals to show that a story a reasonable script can come out and produce a quality work. Writers write more than one logline for their work and the one which appeals the most is selected and then presented to the directors and producers. Loglines are different from the synopsizes because they loglines are the summary of the film in two or three sentences while synopsis is explained in more than two sentences and it is a summary in a paragraph.


Pitching is writers description for the potential story to the client, editor or audience. It actually gives a small description of the story to the client.


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