When you stack your cast with some of the best improvisational talent in the film and television business, asking them to stick to the script in front of them is a moot point. Attempting to film improv, however, is a risky business -- you never know where it's going to come from or when it's going to click.
It was a task that weighed heavily on director Paul Feig, whose 'Bridesmaids' is boasts some of the most notable improvisers around (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper). The director knew his cast was bound to take the scripted scenes to new heights with a bit of off-the-page dialogue, but capturing those moments posed a problem for the director, according to Variety, because "cross-shooting" -- the industry term for filming two actors involved in a conversation at the same time -- is not typically done in film.
"Most cinematographers just despise it and refuse to do it," Feig told the trade magazine. But Feig got it done. To find out how, read on.