Resources are given in this video filmmaking tutorial that will help students become better film directors, including popular filmmaking books, filmmaking audiobooks, and online filmmaking tutorials. Also discussed are documentaries about filmmaking, enlightening TV shows about movies and the process of making movies.
- In this movie, I'm going to share with you…some of the things that I think have really helped me…as a director.…Perhaps one of my favorite resources right now…is the special features that come on some DVD…and blu ray discs.…In these, you can not only pull back the curtain…and see how certain shots and scenes were done,…but also you get to hear why certain creative choices…were made by writers, directors,…visual effect supervisors, editors, and more.…It's extremely insightful.…There are few books that I have loved,…John Badham's book, John Badham On Directing is great.…I have the audio book version,…read by the very accomplished author,…and it's full of all kinds of great ideas…about filmmaking and directing.…
I'm also a huge fan of Sidney Lumet's book Making Movies.…It's more of a big picture overview of filmmaking…from his decades of experience…making Hollywood blockbusters,…but there are great insights there about filmmaking as well.…At the beginning of this series,…I mentioned the book Moviemakers' Master Class,…
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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