Coverage is the acquisition of camera shots in a scene. When directors understand how to shoot a film properly, they can be more efficient, which allows them to get more and better shots. If film directors get too much coverage for their movies, it's a burden on editors. But if filmmakers don't get enough coverage, then it restricts the creative freedom of the editor in post production.
- The process of getting enough shots…to edit the film well…is referred as getting coverage.…If we were to shoot an entire scene,…say the hut scene which is one camera,…or other words just one shot,…that our editor might tell us that there isn't…enough coverage.…That means there's not enough variety…in the shots to edit the scene together well.…Having enough variety in shots sizes…gives the editor a lot more options in the edit…because really editing is not just about putting…pieces together.…Editing gives you one last chance…to fine tune your story.…
With edits you can control the tempo of a scene…as we'll see in the course on editing…but also it gives you the flexibility…to add or remove elements,…emphasize or deemphasize elements and so much more.…Look at this example from the end…of the goodbye scene.…What if we were running on low time…or only planned on getting coverage in this one shot?…- It was always you.…- But how do I know where to go?…- In forest deep and desert long.…- I will be brave.…I will be strong.…
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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