I'm just about finishing locking up an episode for a certain series that I'm working on. The network had an idea of what they wanted a certain scene to be. It wasn't how I originally planned the scene or really what actually happened but they wanted it anyways.
So what do you do? You watch everything. Again. This time with a new mindset.... a new thing that you're looking for. You see shots that can be cheated to tell the story that wasn't there before. Eyelines. Shrugs. Little moments between takes where they look offscreen or sigh or rub their shoulders.
I remember one cheat I did for a film was one of the actors looking confused... although in reality he was listening to the director's instructions off camera and made that look. (haha)
But how do you find these cheats? You watch every frame. Before takes... after takes... when the camera is just running. You listen and relisten to audio in new ways with a new frame of mind.
Things will jump out at you. It'll start to come together and you can make it work.
Since I had watched most of the footage the first time around... I remembered where a lot of things were and doing the changes didn't take as long. I rewatched my original selects for a scene to look for audio that I pulled before... then I watched through all of the picture for the scene... looking for things that'll work with the new direction.
Cutting images together to create an entirely different scene that what was originally intended. It's the Kuleshov effect in action.
It's a big puzzle. And I love it.
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