I guess I can make this a theme: what would you do differently if you were a TV or film director, using specific films and/or directors as examples.
I got the idea for this thread while watching an outtake reel for Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. One particular scene is running on and wasting money because the actors can’t stop giggling at certain points.
A concept touched on in a Gervais Extras reel I once watched (and now can’t find again) is that if a mistake is made enough times it becomes learned and habitual. And the scene is doomed because the actor is virtually programmed to make the mistake every time.
If I was the director: as soon as I see this begin to happen I would call for a time-out, a break. Something to make the actors forget what caused them to laugh. Anything so that when they come back to shoot the scene everything is fresh. Maybe they could even attempt a different scene (although I suspect budget concerns mean they can’t pick-and-choose which scene they are filming on a particular day)
p.s. the gervais extras outakes vid I refer to and can’t find is one where Maggie Jacobs (Played by Ashley Jensen) is in a hospital and has to deliver a line to a kid in bed. She learns the speech-impedment mistake, and gervais and merchant liken it to the teacher in Peanuts.