The visual style of a film is what makes it unique and cinematic. Movie aesthetics can really help convey a story more convincingly to an audience. Directors can tell better stories if the wardrobe, hair, makeup, locations and sets, music, color palette, lighting, camera movement, props and more are all telling the same story and are designed well.
- As director, you will be ultimately responsible…for the visual style of your film.…Of course, you'll have the assistance…of your production designer and director of photography,…but ultimately, they'll be coming…to you when they have questions.…This whole thing of style was especially important…on a fantasy film like The Assurance.…I really wanted to create a fantasy world…that hadn't been seen before.…So many fantasy films feel like stylized versions…of Europe in the Middle Ages, and I love that style,…but I wanted to make something new for The Assurance.…I wanted this to feel like another world,…and I wanted the people to look broken and worn down.…
To make the world feel unique, I used a color palette…of stylized versions of earthy colors.…For the common area scene, there are greens and oranges,…but I also added blues to the shadows.…I really like the color palette.…It's natural colors take you to a slightly unnatural place,…and that's the style of the film overall,…that I was going for, a world that felt familiar…
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: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m 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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