In my opinion, I think that multi cam is a lot better than single cam. That’s because you can get a lot more shots quicker, since you don’t have to re-do the scenes just to get another shot at a different angle. By doing this, it makes it take a lot longer to film because you take a lot longer to shoot one scene. But, by using multi cam you can get the footage at different angles and zoom all at once since you have many camera’s on the scene.
Single cam also means using log sheets, and writing down the shots that didn’t go wrong and then having to sort through all of the footage and edit the footage. The post production process takes more time than the production and pre-production process. So, by using multi cam (as a director) you can chose which footage you want to program at the time of shooting, so all of the post-production process doesn’t take long at all since you can film it and have it cut together straight afterwards. Also, in single camera productions you tend to use a boom and a directional microphone for the audio, but in multi-camera productions they use a clip on mic which they control upstairs, with no wires connecting. However, when doing a single camera production you aren’t limited with the lighting as you can get as many lights as you want to make it a lot brighter, or you can go outside and use natural light. Also, you aren’t limited to where the scene is set as the equipment is portable and you can go to any setting you want or require. If you’re a camera operator with a single camera production you’re a lot more involved than you are in a multi-camera production as you have say in what shots you’re going to shoot and how you’re going to portray the mood and scene, but in multi-camera productions the camera operator just takes orders from the director on how the shots should be shot.
The crew in a multi-camera production is very big. You have two types of people, the type that are the people in the gallery and on the studio floor. In the gallery, you have the director, lighting technician, audio technician and the vision mixer. The directer then has a headset so they can talk to the floor manager and the camera operators are on the studio floor. So, on the studio floor you have the (however many amount of) camera operators the production wants, the floor manager, the talent, the runners and the audience. The floor manager and the director can communicate through the headsets, but the camera operators only listen to the directors directions on how they want the footage shot. However, in a single camera production all of the crew is downstairs and able to communicate face-to-face. You don’t have a vision mixer, or anyone as technical as that because it’s a single camera production.