Filmmakers create the illusion of cinema by maintaining continuity from shot to shot within a scene. This includes ensuring that actors perform the same motions with the same hand, and in the same fashion in each take throughout the scene. Often, crew members such as the script supervisor will be dedicated to keeping things consistent.
- Continuity is a continual theme of these training courses.…That's because filmmaking is about breaking the script…into shoot-able chunks, shooting those chunks,…and then reassembling them in the edit.…Amateur filmmakers are often myopic during production…and that carelessness often transfers to…an edit that doesn't work.…Part of being a storyteller is making sure that…you avoid things that draw attention to yourself…as the storyteller.…As storytellers, we become invisible when we can…successfully create the illusion that the audience…is just watching a scene play out in real time.…
We're invisible when they don't notice that the reverses…were shot hours, days, or weeks apart,…when it just feels natural.…Any noticeable breaks in the continuity between shots,…and changes in lighting, actions of the characters,…tone of the acting performances, anything…will break that illusion.…On set, you usually have someone who's sole job it is…to make sure that there's continuity from shot to shot.…The job of the script supervisor is there to help with that…
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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