How to direct movies well and how to really become a film director are the subject of this filmmaking tutorial. A large component of how to direct films is the personality of the film director. The director of a movie should be skilled at communicating to their cast and crew, and understand a great deal about humanity.
- All right,…so you've watched almost all this training course,…and now you know all this stuff about directing.…So now what?…How can you become a better director?…That's what this final chapter's all about.…The most important thing is to get experience…telling stories visually.…We live in a time where the excuses of…why we don't make films have been stolen from us.…There are HD cameras in our telephones,…and extremely advanced editing, coloring,…audio and visual effects software that's given away for free…by the companies that create them.…So make stuff!…Practice telling stories with that video.…
I'd also recommend some self-reflection to figure out why…you're interested in telling stories in the first place.…That will help you understand what kind of filmmaker you are…and the type of people you want on your team.…It's also important to improve your communication skills.…Sarcasm, being condescending, pouting.…These are not flattering behaviors from a director,…and it won't help you get what you want from your team.…
Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.
Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.
- What a director does
- Interpreting the script
- Scouting locations
- Choosing the tone and theme of the film
- Using motifs
- Shaping the story through visuals
- Being a good leader on set
- Respecting budgets and schedules
- Planning shots
- Moving the camera: on a tripod or dolly or in handheld shots
- Using rolling takes
- Framing shots
- Adding atmospherics
- Directing in post-production
- Becoming a better director
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
1. Preparing for Production
2. Themes and Tone
3. Shaping the Story
4. Running the Set
5. Planning Shots in a Scene
6. Getting the Shot
7. Improving the Shot
8. Directing in Post-Production
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