Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Develop a process, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- It cost too much money to shoot a movie…in the order the audience will see it.…We have to find a process for shooting a movie expressively…and in cost effective way.…It's easier to shoot with one look…and simply repeat that look through the whole movie,…but that's not the most expensive way to shoot it.…A good place to start this…is on your second reading of the shooting script.…It's important that this process happen…before making any concrete decisions…about how you're going to shoot the movie.…
If you start planning the look before this process,…you risk making decisions that send you down the road…to making a different movie than the director intends.…That's a waste of time,…and it's harmful to the quality of the movie.…Start by compiling a set of lists.…For me, the first list is called director's questions.…Anything that you read on the script…that isn't self-evident, get some entry on this list,…even if the story or character point…does seem clear to you.…
It might be useful to run a question about it.…
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
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Intermediate
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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