Movie directors often neglect audio in post production and being involved in that process. But it is important for filmmakers to remain connected to the piece and understand what they need from their post audio team, such as the way the film is mixed, and the way the sounds are edited and processed - with compression, reverb, and EQ - and the composing of the soundtrack.
- Audio is probably one of the most neglected components…of filmmaking by new filmmakers,…and by audio, I'm referring to two main categories here,…the sound design, including the foley, sound effects,…and overall mix, and also the music.…For the sound design,…it's important to understand what you're looking for.…Obviously we'll look more at this in the upcoming…training course on audio,…but I wanted a really strong mix.…This is a fantasy film.…It takes place in an imaginary world with magic and stuff,…so there are different rules and standards…for that genre typically,…so an early test from our sound designer,…the balance of all auditory elements was fantastic,…and the sound felt very natural.…
- A child will come to save us.…- But as the director, it was important to me…that the whole film felt a little larger than life.…The colors, the music, the sound design.…If it felt natural, we're in trouble here.…I mean this is a fantasy film,…so we have to lay it on a little thicker.…So I had our sound designer add a little bit…
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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