The framing of a shot refers to how the elements are arranged in the frame. In this tutorial on framing shots, basic concepts of framing and composition are given, including studying basic cinematography principles, such as contrast and eye lines. A Rembrandt painting is used as an example, as we look at controlling the eye of the viewer, and telling a visual story with lights and design.
- One of the ways to make your films feel polished…and professional is to be intentional about the framing.…This refers to where objects are placed in the scene.…An example of this that I like in Assurance…is in the beginning of the hut scene.…The original version of the film, Ta'ani was overwhelmed…with responsibility of both preserving Korda'a…and sending her on her very dangerous mission.…And I wanted to represent this conflict visually.…So I used a wide angle lens and put Korda'a…close to the camera and Ta'ani back in the corner.…This framing makes it seem like Korda'a's an animal…consuming Ta'ani.…
I guess more accurately that Ta'ani was absolutely consumed…with what to do about Korda'a.…We'll talk more about balance and composition…in the cinematography course but where you put things…in the frame determines how visual weight is distributed.…Often the frame is divided into imaginary thirds.…The subject is put on one side…and this creates a balance composition.…You can see this clearly in…the opening shot of the Assurance.…
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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