Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Don't start with the camera, part of Cinematography 02: Working on Set.
- Don't start with the camera.…Quality cinematography comes from the script.…So you first read the script,…and you read the script without analyzing it,…without studying it.…Just let it wash over you.…This is important because this is the first and only time…you'll be this fresh about this material.…Then I go back over it again,…and now I'm prepared to start studying this.…Now as you can see, I have Post-It notes…that I've placed all through the script.…
The reason I do that,…first of all you'll see I just,…on a kind of personal note,…I like to leave it hanging off the edge like this…so that I can quickly get to my notes…during my meetings with the director…because these are director's questions.…As I read it, questions will develop in my mind.…Now I'll have an idea of how I'd like to approach…the making of the movie,…but I want to make sure that what I want to do…harmonizes with what the director wants to do.…So there may be places where I have some ambiguity…about how this particular director…might approach a particular scene,…
- Pre-production planning
- Using storyboards and creating shot lists
- Planning your day
- Order of operations: blocking, lighting, rehearsing, and shooting
- Blocking actors
- Lighting a set
- Rehearsing with actors
- Establishing and changing patterns
- Managing media
- Establishing a chain of custody
- Outputting your footage
Skill Level Beginner
1. Pre-Production Planning
2. Understand the Flow On Set
3. Block It
4. Set It Up and Light It
5. Rehearse It and Shoot It
6. Thoughts on Post-Production
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