Yes good point re: whiteboard! That is an easy way to add more interest to the background and some fun visual gags.
@danielmhart We actually did that season 1! And had a full board full of dick drawings on it in an earlier episode hahaha. I think we thought it was too emotional of a scene to add anything funny or distracting? I genuinely don’t remember and absolutely agree
@danielmhart My shows are not, as you might have picked up, “family friendly”
For the shots you gave us in the OP the things I’d change (or improve) would mostly be with what’s behind the actors. I like the idea of each of those shots, and especially how the Brains one plays with it a little by having the characters face camera while in a generally “profile” shot. Kinda thematic because their relationship has gone sideways, yeah?
But there IS a marker board back there and I would have a field day with putting stuff on the board. Same with props in the kitchen. I would try and toss in things that don’t make sense to see if they’re noticed, or little callbacks or something oddly specific that would maybe distract a little on rewatch.
Thanks @Bri_Castellini for sparking this discussion!
For our series Marked we recently had to find ways to spice up scenes with characters sitting at a table and talking to one another (never the most interesting scenario). Especially important when there’s a lot of them!
We decided to try using the vertical angle of the camera to add variety. If a scene was more intimate or intense we’d shoot it from a lower angle so you’d see more of the actor’s faces and emotions. If a scene was creepy or cold, we’d shoot it from a higher angle, looking down slightly on the actors. We found this helped!
For Shot 1, we’d maybe shoot from a lower angle to make it more intimate.
For Shot 2, a higher angle, since this scene seems a bit more cold.
What do you think? Would that have helped?
– John & Lena