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Chapter 4: Organizing Cinematic Time and... > Single-camera production and the con... - Pg. 86

Organizing Cinematic time and Space n Single-camera production and the continuity SyStem Whether you are shooting on film or digital video (DV), fictional narrative movies are generally shot using a single camera. This enables productions to be extremely mobile and to go to any location required by the script, as opposed to multicamera and control room productions like sit-coms and soap operas, which are produced in a studio. Single- camera shooting also allows the energy and expertise of the director and the entire creative team to be focused on each and every shot in the movie. Finally, shooting single-camera gives us maximum versatility in editing, because the film has been broken down into its smallest component parts--individual shots--whose intended sequence can be creatively rethought and rearranged throughout the postproduction process to improve the film. 1 The scenes and shots of a narrative film are rarely shot in the order in which they appear in the script or in the final film. Because of the expense, time, and labor involved in Chapter 4