What Is Sequence Shooting and How Can It Help You Be a Better Storyteller?

By V Renée

When you set out to shoot, how do you know what kinds of shots to capture?

No matter what you’re shooting, be it a documentary, a feature, or even just some b-roll, that all-important question will be jumping around in your head constantly: “What should I shoot?” Granted, the answer is going to be different depending on the project you’re working on, but if you focus less on the specific shots and more on the general type of shots, you might be able to make sense of an otherwise chaotic and confusing filmmaking experience.

In this video, Teppo Haapoja goes over a foundational filmmaking concept that will help you to not only plan and organize your day of shooting easier but to also ensure that you’re getting all of the shots you need for your edit.

Though Haapoja calls this essential technique “sequence shooting,” many other filmmakers know it as “coverage.” It’s the practice of capturing a scene from different distances to ensure that you have, at least, a wide (also called a “master shot”), medium, and close-up. This ensures that when it comes time to edit footage, the editor has plenty of shot sizes to work with.

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From:: No Film School