How do directors improve shots? What kind of notes do directors give? Questions such as these are addressed in this filmmaking tutorial. Often, actors might have an expression or movement that feels out of place. Other times, the camera movement might not be smooth enough, or awkward in another way.
- When you're on set, how do you know…that you got a good take?…Oh how I wish that there was…a concrete answer to this question.…It's kind of something you kind of have to feel…instinctively, and honestly, for your first few films,…it'll probably be more just about making sure…that there aren't big problems with the take.…But the more you work to improve your shots,…the more your taste will be refined.…In this chapter we're going to look…at a slew of tricks to improve shots.…In this tutorial we're going to look at a few shots…from The Assurance and examine the types of changes…that we made to improve each take.…
Let's look at an example here.…During actress Eva Jane's close-up…when her character says good-bye to Korda'a,…I wanted her to feel rushed.…This is partly because there were some villains…in the background in that original version that we shot…and also because it was kind of like…ripping off the Band-Aid and finally letting Korda'a go.…However, it felt cold to me that her whole good-bye…to Korda'a would be so abrupt.…
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 Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Appropriate for all
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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