When movie production is over, the director still has a role to play in the film, because post production tasks still require the creative input of the director. When there are visual effects shots, it's important for directors to be just as involved in those shots and the creative choices in visual effects shots as they were in creative choices in production.
- When I was planning the visual effects shots…of The Assurance I tried to think like a director…and not as a visual effects artist.…I imagined the geography of the finale sequence,…and thought about what shots I would want,…where the 180 line would be.…These visual effects were far more ambitious…than anything I'd ever attempted before,…I didn't want to limit my vision of the scene…with what I knew about visual effects.…I wanted to just try and direct this scene…how I thought it should be,…and then when it came time for the visual effects…I would deal with those problems then.…My thinking was that if I pulled it off…it would make great training,…and if I failed it would make great training,…so why not just go for it?…There were also a few times in the visual effects process…that I was able to kind of reevaluate things…as the director.…
For example, I really liked the way this visual effect…shot turned out.…Originally, her eyes stayed white for the entire shot,…but then later I did Cordea's visual effects…for the finale,…
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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