Shooting Scene 341 (1977)

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Looks at the shooting of an action scene in the James Bond feature "The Spy Who Loved Me". The director Lewis Gilbert discusses the particular difficulties of directing an action sequence: tha balancing of physical action in wider shot with the actors' facial performances in closer shot; the logistics of stunt performances, special effects, props; the importance of covering complex action with multiple camera angles. Shows the blocking of a sequence using a stand-in and stunt performers; the planning of camera angles and lighting set-ups; the careful preparation of a prop trolley in a fight sequence. Various crew members - the Action Arranger, Associate Producer and Cinematographer - discuss their particular role in producing the scene, and the First Assistant Director talks about organising shooting schedules, extra calls and pruning the budget on-set. Finally, we see the sequence in rushes form, with coverage from three angles.

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