B-roll is supplemental footage that provides alternate angles, tangential storylines, or just filler for a voiceover or to help set the pace of a film and provide you with extra footage in case something isn't working in post. Although it's a standard thing, one filmmaker thinks you should stop shooting b-roll.
Coming to you from André Wallström of Creative North, these two interesting videos (part one is above) talk about why you should reconsider shooting b-roll. To be clear, the issue for Wallström is intentionality and the tendency to rely on b-roll as a means of piecing a story together after the fact instead of approaching a shoot with a carefully structured plan of action. He's not saying shooting a second angle or the like shouldn't be done, but rather focusing on the importance of developing a strong creative plan so everything is intended and you structure your shots to your story rather than the story to the shots. Check out part two below:
I think Wallström is hitting on something worth rememberin: the importance of being deliberate in crafting creative ideas and bringing them to fruition. I personally think it makes your vision stronger and more easily realized.