I'm (re)filming my first short film this weekend, and I wanted some advice on how to do it. My first shoot didn't go so well, or at least I think so. My movie is a zombie movie. I've got all of the actors set, and a lot of extras. I have a great location (a run-down building), and good equipment (Canon GL2, boom mic). The thing I'm terrible at is shot composition. What is the best way to shoot talking scenes? Specifically, one of my scenes is one character talking to a group of four, with about 5 feet of room between the two. I've never shot a talking scene before, so I have no clue what I'm doing. Should I shoot one side of the conversation, then the other? This question applies to any scene in my movie: Should I have the characters go through the same scene multiple times while I film from different angles, then edit them together later? Is this how films accomplish this? I don't want to have one shot for too long, at the risk of it getting boring. I know about the rule of thirds and all that, but is that the best way to get interesting shots (filming the same scene multiple times from different angles)? For the boom mic, should I have my operator hold it at an angle to the person's mouth? What about wind? When I shot last there was a lot of wind and it sounded terrible. Any way to reduce this? Finally, do you guys have any general advice for me? If I think of any more questions I'll post them. Thanks.