Pick-up (filmmaking)

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In filmmaking, a pick-up is a small, relatively minor shot filmed or recorded after the fact to augment footage already shot. When entire scenes are redone, it is referred to as a re-shoot. In news studios, the term is more commonly called "insert" or "reaction shots". Local news stations send just one remote camera to cover a story. This is called PSC, or Portable Single Camera. After the interview, the subject is then asked to "react to questions" and the camera then takes various shots ex-post-facto. The reactions from angles other than the original shoot are then edited into the final cut.

The three movies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, were filmed back to back, and so used pick-up shots. The three films in The Hobbit trilogy, also directed by Jackson, used similar techniques.

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