When writing a story we kept finding ourselves referring to Mr. Bean (mainly down to the lack of speaking by the main character, facial expressions and how he wants to achieve something but has no luck).
So I thought it would be good to take a look at how the camera work is done in a sketch from the show [with a bit of my attention being paid to the acting]
Break-down of Shots
1-10 secs: establishing shot, characters and goal
10-15 secs: long shot, pause for comic timing – 15 Seconds wide shot to establish characters and setting
15-20 secs :Close-up of prop [joke] – 5 seconds to show prop
20-35 secs: 15 second wide shot, angled to show furthered joke and reactions of side characters – Again, a long shot to allow the joke to be seen and comprehended
35-42 secs: Different angle long shot – almost as if the camera has been mirrored, another shot much like before (longer than it needs to be)
42-1:07: Medium shot, long joke – Mid-length still camera on BEAN for around 25 seconds as joke is made
1:07-1:09: Close shot of the by-stander, reaction to the joke – Quick shot, all that is needed to get reaction
For this particular comedy, the shots are basic.
Establishing shots are long and often they use the same long shot during the joke to show the environment, this is used as a joke itself.
Mid-length shots are used for the jokes. Centred in the middle, no tricks, simple.
Props are generally the only time this trend is broken, close-up and quick snips to show the audience what is being dealt with.
In this show the shots are generally extremely timely in order to show the awkwardness caused by BEAN.