Weekly Production Tip #10 – The Single Developing Shot

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Spice up your visual dictionary.

Even if you have a killer script, even if your lighting is bang-on, even if your actors are Oscar-winners: if your shots stay boring, so will your entire film.

The Single Developing Shot, originally made famous by Orson Welles and used in thousands of movies since, is a shot in which we get different sizes of shot, from wides to close-ups, in a single, uncut sequence. 

This effect can be used to whisk the story along more briskly, building tension and bringing attention to particular aspects of a scene. The camera can stay stationary or move with characters / actions, but it must not cut.

Watch our video below to see examples and find out more about the Single Developing Shot:



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