- Our main focus throughout this course is narrative filmmaking. You'll need to make choices about such things as lighting, composition, lenses, camera moves, and color, so you can control the story that your images are telling. In a documentary, the world in front of the camera is real. Those are real people and the actual places where they live their lives. These are true events happening in front of your camera. In narrative filmmaking, everything in front of the camera is fake.
However, it's a disaster if the audience senses this throughout the movie. To the audience, these actors are characters in your story. The set is the place where your story happens. We have to convince the audience that the lighting falling on your scene is exactly what your story says it is. This requires lots of planning, and the combined work of a group of people who are all telling the same story.
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Intermediate
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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