Dressing the set in a film production refers to making the shooting set prepared to be filmed on camera. Set dressing includes decorating the set, altering the set, or even damaging the set in order to tell a story with the set. Telling a story with the set refers to making a film set feel lived in, or that it actually is the place the movie is claiming it to be.
- In my opinion, one of the big things…that separates amateur productions…from professional productions…is how the set is decorated.…We call the process of decorating the set…dressing the set, cause we're not always decorating.…Sometimes we're actually destroying it…or cleaning it.…Professional productions tend to care more about…how everything, wardrobe, hair, locations,…how all of these things are utilized to tell the story.…Nothing is an accident.…The way that you dress a set goes really far…in creating a mood and telling a story.…Although we intentionally went for the look…of a dying and primitive civilization,…we still decorated the set.…
On the first day, we brought a faux fur blanket from home…and hung it up on the back of the wall of the hut.…It wasn't obvious, but it helped to give the hut…not only a more primitive feel,…but also to make the set look more lived-in.…It also didn't end up showing on camera,…but we had blankets and pillows, too.…And that's really the key to good set design.…You're trying to get in the heads of these characters…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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