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away from this style, but as I started piecing the film together in my head, I decided to just go for it.” We didn’t approach a single scene in Detention with any conventional coverage. Once Joseph rehearsed with the actors, we’d break down the action into visual beats. Rarely would a shot comprise just one narrative/visual beat; Joseph and I prefer to link several visual ideas into a single shot and have a shot evolve, revealing new information without the need for cuts and separate setups. “We shot almost exclusively with a single camera and played out the specific beats for that specific camera

students to go after a fellow student. (They suspect him of donning the mask of a horror-movie slasher and killing off their fellow classmates.) The shot starts out wide at an intersection of the school’s hallways as about six characters enter the frame. The camera then pushes into a center two-shot profile as the group divides, trying to make a decision. As Riley asserts her position, the camera pans to her half of the

group, framing a medium close-up of her and two students next to her in a tight three-shot composition. Then, as one of Riley’s supporters, Toby T (Marque Richardson), begins to doubt her, the camera pans with him as he moves to join the other leader. The shot ends in a medium four-shot of the opposing side. “Riley is being ostracized by the rest of the group, and Toby T’s crossing frame creates a perfect compo-

We didn’t approach a single scene in Detention with any conventional coverage.

placement, even for the fight sequences,” says Kahn. “Music videos and commercials involve such short periods of screen time that you wind up editing for seconds and are therefore forced into a very condensed visual vocabulary. On this movie, I wanted to open up my film language but still bring the precise timing and interlocking of shots that I’ve developed in my commercial work. I love the way Spielberg blocks his camera; I wanted to take a crack at that sort of intricate camera-actor choreography, but do it in my own style.” A good example of this choreography occurs in a scene in which the main character, Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell), must convince several other


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Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: Polaris campaign
Production Slate: Footnote4:44 Last Day on Earth
Vice at the Vatican
Back to School
Sundance Standouts
Filmmakers’ Forum: Haskell Wexler, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
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