An interesting tidbit, IMO, re. the LITB series is the fact that the the show was filmed using just one camera (not the three-camera set-up that was used on "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy Show", and "The Dick Van Dyke Show").
In fact, I have also recently learned that almost all other shows of that era ('50s-'60s) were also done with just a single camera too.
Now.....I have a technical question re. this one-camera method of filming a TV show (or a movie). .......
How in the heck do they keep the continuity and "flow" and rhythm of a scene intact when just one single camera is all that's being utilized in every scene?
When we watch LITB, there are many, many close-up shots and cutaway shots that toggle between the actors speaking their dialogue. But evidently these "cuts" are done with just ONE camera in use. My question is: How?
Or, perhaps more importantly -- WHY
would they film a show with many jump-cuts between actors in this seemingly-much-more-difficult and hard-to-control manner?
Is one actor filmed saying his line...with the camera then switching positions completely to film the response by the other actor? This sounds crazy to me. How can any spontaneous "flow" be created by doing this on virtually every single shot?
I'd never thought about this question of how they film a "1-Camera" TV program until recently perusing Jerry Mathers' LITB book ("...And Jerry Mathers As The Beaver"), when I noticed that Jerry stated in the book that the show was done with just one camera instead of multiple cameras.
And seeing as how not nearly every shot is composed as a 'wide' or 'medium' shot (so that the camera doesn't have to move to capture all the actors in a particular scene), I got to thinking: How on Earth do they do this with just one camera? Seems impossible. And, as stated before, it seems kinda crazy and needlessly-troublesome, when they could just simply have a second camera on the set (with one honed on each actor for the "cutaways").
Some techno-wizard please chime in here and tell me how in the heck they film those close-up cutaways using just one camera without destroying the flow of every scene.
Salutations to all.