Working on a film set is full of unexpected challenges. Usually directors on movie sets will opt to press forward through challenges. But occasionally, it might be beneficial to stop and reset, to completely rethink a scene, or perhaps to even stop filming and come back and get the shot on a different day in different circumstances.
- Sometimes, on a film set unexpected things happen,…and that can spin the production out of control.…These problems can come in the form…of sudden weather changes, illness,…injury, personality issues,…creative disagreements, whatever.…When these things pop up,…you really have two options,…you can just keep on going and power through it,…or stop and reset.…I think it's almost instinctive to want to just push through…and keep going,…I think most new filmmakers do this,…maybe some pros, I don't know,…but early on in my filmmaking career…I noticed that when you power through these problems…it can result in terrible footage,…and then you have to live with that footage forever,…so when my gut tells me that things are off,…I have no problem shutting everything down…and taking a minute to get my bearings…and figuring out the best course of action.…
At the end of the first big day of production…everyone was getting tired,…it was absolutely freezing outside,…and shooting at night just takes forever.…The actresses were exhausted,…
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: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m 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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