A look at the other next course in the Creating a Short Film training series. Course number 6 answers the question what is it like to work on a film set, as we dig into film production. This series of online filmmaking tutorials will examine various crew positions on a film crew and what they do, as well as a special effects makeup tutorial.
- We've spent the first five courses of this training series…essentially looking at how to prepare for production.…Well, in the next training course in this series,…we're going to dig in and look closely…at what it's like to be on set.…We'll look at all the crew positions that we have…in The Assurance and what they do.…We'll show you the workflow on set, how you go from…shot to shot through the schedule,…but also the process filmmakers go through before each shot…with the slate and that whole thing.…There's also an established etiquette…for behavior on a film set and terminology that we use,…so we'll bring you up to speed so that you can feel…comfortable with what's expected of you…when you walk on set.…
We'll look more in depth at the shooting schedule…of The Assurance and some of the hiccups we had…and how we tackled weather challenges and other obstacles.…We'll talk about how to take care of your crew…by keeping them safe and some tips on how to feed them…very well for very cheap, and we'll also have…a special guest trainer, my wife Heather,…
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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