I would like to get peoples opinions on the drawbacks and advantages of using two cameras rather than one.
I am dping a low budget comedy pilot in a few weeks and the director and producer like the idea of shooting on two cameras. I have reservations about it and don't have much experience doing it myself.
Part of the reason they want to do it is to save time. I think that two cameras doesn't necessarily save time. Another reason, which I think is more valid, is that they think it works better for comedy when an actor doesn't have to do a take too many times so it doesn't sound canned.
I am worried about the challenges that will come up with trying to light for two cameras. They've said that it's comedy and while they want a filmic look they are ok with the lighting not being too intricate. I also feel like their is a right place and a wrong place for the camera to go and when you shoot with two one or both end up in the wrong place because they get in each others way.
I wonder if maybe I am wrong and in fact shooting with two will help us make our days and be good for performance. Will it just create more hassle and not save time? They are taking my opinion seriously so I don't want to take us in the wrong direction if I'm wrong.
I'd appreciate if you all could share your experience. Have you made 2 cameras work?