In this filmmaking tutorial, we will look at how to shoot a scene including how to plan camera shots for a movie scene. This includes a Hollywood Camera Work Shot Designer tutorial, a look at camera shot sizes, camera framing, how to shoot video more efficiently, and how video edits can be used to tell a more powerful story.
- With the scene properly understood in the last tutorial,…let's plan how to shoot the scene.…I'm here in Shot Designer, which we looked at…in the previous training course on pre-production.…This is kind of an aerial schematic of our scene.…I'm going to just draw some benches and the big tree,…and then I'll make these circles,…which represent Ta'ani on this side…and Korda'a on this side.…And since they're talking to each other,…we can create an axis of action between them.…This is otherwise known as the line…or the 180 degree line.…We know because of the geography of the scene…that we'll want camera on this side of the line.…
We'll definitely want an establishing shot,…also called a master shot.…This will help viewers understand…the spacial continuity of the scene, which is huge,…so that viewers don't feel disoriented.…We got this establishing shot…during our initial production shoot,…and of course, we'll want to get what's called a two shot,…basically a shot with two people,…with both actresses together in our case.…
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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