Roger Deakins on coverage:
I will not do a film with a director that I know will shoot multiple cameras or lots of coverage as a rule and regardless of the content of the scene. Obviously, I know there is a place for multiple cameras and for shooting lots of ‘coverage’. Some sequences demand coverage to allow the editor, for instance, to control the timing of action etc. but too often coverage takes the place of perfecting a single shot.
This is a discussion I have had many times. Is it better to cover a scene widely and fully, saving the decisions for the editing room, or is it better to carefully storyboard and plan your shots, so that you can be sure to get what you want? Of course, the answer will vary depending on who you ask. An editor will say the former, while a cinematographer will almost always hold to the latter. But in general, I think amateur independent filmmakers would learn a lot if they stopped to aim instead of shooting their productions full of holes.