A "takeaway scene" is a cinematically filmed single-take scene which is rehearsed and filmed on location (sometimes in a public setting), with the main intents being character exploration, experimentation, and creating a safe environment devoted to serving the actors and their emotional capacities above all else.
Although anonymous, the Takeaway Scenes community will expand with every scene. We are an ever-growing family exploring the human condition.
I. Honesty is king.
II. Scenes are composed of 2-5 actors. No exceptions.
III. All scenes must be originally written, adapted from a stageplay, or adapted from an arguably obscure film.
IV. All scenes must be filmed in a single continuous take. No cuts. No cheating.
V. Film lights can never be used. Only natural lighting, practicals, or what is found on location (e.g. a fire or car headlights).
VI. Participating actors must write their own character backstories.
VII. The best/favorite take must be chosen and locked within 24 hours of being shot, with the actors present to review the takes if they desire and are available.
VIII. No music may be added in post.
IX. Every scene is about the acting, and every decision must center around facilitating honesty and exploring the characters. The camera is always secondary.
X. There are no schedules, regular events, or deadlines. There are only scenes, and the people crazy enough to make them.
XI. There will never be credits for anyone involved. Participants will never publicly reveal or acknowledge their own involvement with a scene, or release any information that would reveal anyone else’s involvement with the Takeaway Scenes project.
XII. Scenes will only be featured on takeawayscenes.com and the Takeaway Scenes Vimeo/YouTube channels. Actors are also allowed to use scenes in their reels.
XIII. Perfection does not exist. There is only experimentation.