Multi camera shoots is a way of capturing more footage in less time. This is a good technique and is essential for live events and studio productions Multi camera shoots are more efficient because it reduces the time you’d spend editing the footage. It also means that you wouldnt have to re-light for different camera setups as well as not having to move and set up the camera for alternative camera angles. Multi camera shoots also make it a considerable amount easier to reduce the amount of continuity errors that you may encounter during reshoots. Mock the week uses these techniques. Mock the week uses well known comedians, and they pay out for the space in which they record in so they want to keep the time in which they are filming to a minimum as they have to work to a budget and they want to keep the costs as low as possible. Mock the week also has to be filmed before a deadline therefore using multiple cameras helps minimise time spent in the studio. Multi camera techniques also help with the flow of the show as they do not need to stop to adjust lighting and shot types as well as making the editors job easier. However they can also go back and reshoot parts that have been messed up or something that they didn’t want aired.

In this clip at 0:27 you can see a crane shot capturing a smooth sweeping shot of the audience leading into a medium longshot of the host of the panel show. They then switch to a medium shot of the host at 0:33. At 1:01 you can see a shot of the panel and the host, at 1:08 there is a shot of one of the teams (there will be another camera that would capture the other team – usually placed symmetrically to the opposing camera). At 1:58 there is a medium close up shot of a comedian. At 2:00 there is a medium close up shot of the host. The cameras are linked to a vision mixer and it is the person operating the vision mixer that decides which shot to use. The camera operators and the person doing the vision mixing will be able to talk to each other through microphones so they can arrange what shot to get and there will be a light on the camera telling you when you are live.

Live Events: (Football, concerts, stage productions and public events) Live events such as football matches use multiple cameras because they cannot stop the action just to readjust the camera for a better shot. Having multiple cameras means there are various different shots (long shots, close ups, medium close ups, medium shots, medium long shots etc) that can be used to make the action more interesting for people watching on TV etc. 6_Stadium_Camera_Set_Up_32_Camera_Plan_0

Most live events would have a main camera gathering wide angle shots which contains the majority of the action. There would be cameras recording from the sides that would focus on certain individuals or actions. There would usually be a camera thats attached to a cable that runs along the centre that capture smooth swooping shots as well as camera operators positioned closer to the action capturing handheld footage. In football matches there are also usually two other cameras positioned next to the main camera that are ready to focus on the main action and individuals.

At 0:15 in this video you can see a shot that covers most of the action, at 0:16 there is a medium shot capturing a , at 0:26 we can see a shot of a camera man on the touchlines following the action with a medium long shot. 0:46 you can see a long shot from a higher angel capturing the majority of the action. 0:57 there is a shot capturing a clear shot of the goal. You can clearly see that there are multiple camera’s capturing a variety of different shots so that no action is missed. Camera operators want to capture as much as possible because they can sell the footage, so if there is violence in the crowd they want to make sure that they capture it as they can sell it to news stations and the likes etc. Again the camera operators and the person doing the vision mixing will be able to talk to each other through microphones so they can arrange what shot to get and there will be a light on the camera telling you when you are live.

‘Mrs Browns Boys’ is a TV show filmed infront of a live studio audience and it is also filmed using multi camera techniques.

In this clip at 0:40 you can see a camera capturing a medium shot of the action. at :48 you can see a handheld camera capturing the action and then the shot changes to a medium close up shot of the people speaking. There is a 4th camera that captures the other end of the shot reverse shot at 0:59. In this example the multiple cameras would be used to reduce the time in the studio so there would be less fee’s to pay on the likes of paying for actors and the space of which they work in. Its easier to edit as it gives nice shot dynamics.