Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Blocking and lighting, part of Cinematography 01: Narrative Fundamentals.
- Let's examine one aspect…of the management responsibilities…of the cinematographer's work:…the crew coordination required to execute…camera moves quickly and effectively.…Imagine how much easier it is to shoot a movie…if moving the camera becomes effortless.…The ability to move the camera easily…is a real sign of a well-coordinated crew.…This gives the director tremendous creative freedom…in telling this story.…The process is pretty simple, actually.…
Blocking is the process by which we decide…where the actors go and where the camera will be…as the scene progresses.…The cinematographer views the blocking.…As the blocking proceeds, the camera assistant…throws down temporary marks.…I suggest that in advance…the camera assistant prepare color-coded…t-shaped tape markers to be able…to almost invisibly mark each position…the actors take during this blocking.…They should then lay down white v-shaped markers…to indicate camera positions.…
After the initial blocking is over,…the cinematographer may make suggestions…or offer observations.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Foundations of Video: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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