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The “line stepping” simply HAS to be worked out during your session(s), with each “actor” actually participating in the conversation again – both ways. Hopefully, they will develop a cadence that allows for natural pauses between questions, answers and comments, BREATHING room that you can utilize in post to make your transitions without it being TOO tight, or loose. Also, record during the rehearsal – never know how useful that audio will prove to be.
My preference, when doing this, is to actually SHOOT the/a rehearsal from the front with a two-shot. Then I proceed to the left over-the-shoulder, right-over-the-shoulder. IMHO this makes for more powerful and natural audio/video and offers me “fixes” I normally wouldn’t enjoy if I did ONLY the single shots. Back and forth between two people CAN be visually boring, with a third angle thrown in for a two-for, you should be good to go, and your session will come out much sweeter and professional-looking.
Again, IMHO, cuts are the BEST way to go between the actors in a “discussion” type of production. In post you also have the opportunity to let the lines breathe a bit – as long as you’ve pre-recorded some room ambience for audio fill between pauses/cuts in the dialog. This would smooth over the “chopped-up” audio about which you are concerned.