Are audience cutaway shots usually fake?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by senseless, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I'm pretty sure most infomercials are phony. The reactions always seem too big or ill timed. But, I wonder if standup comedy specials are real laugh reactions or not.

    Do pros just shoot a lot of audience shots and then cut them in as needed? Or is an effort made to use realtime shots?
  2. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    It depends on the show, I'm sure. I was in the audience of The Daily Show and even though they didn't show up, they definitely used our laughs.
  3. Giuly macrumors 68040


  4. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    I'm sure some editors will just throw in some audience b-roll for coverage if they don't have anything else. But I imagine most larger scale live performances are shot and edited multi-camera. So the reactions you're seeing are likely authentic.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Yes authentic and shot live but. Many times they have large lighted signs near the stage just off camera that they can turn on and off that way "applause" or "laugh" or whatever. Yes sometime they queue the live audience. It's common on game shows and cooking shows and like that.
  6. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Of course, for stuff shot in studio. But for something like a stand up comedy special it's extremely unlikely.

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