On a movie set, there are multiple people that will handle the administrative and technical issues, such as the schedule and budget. But part of learning how to be a film director is learning to respect the budgets and schedules created by the 1st AD, line producers, and other members of your team. This will end up giving you more freedom for creating a film in the long run.
- As director,…it's your job to focus on the actors…and the other creative aspects of the film.…You'll hopefully have producers and other crew members…that will handle the administrative stuff,…like the schedule and the budget…so you don't have to.…However, it's still really important for you…to respect the schedule and budget…that your team has created.…If you get behind on the schedule,…you'll cut into your budget,…and if your budget is depleted in production,…that means money will come out of…your post-production budget…or your marketing budget,…maybe both.…
I do a lot of post-production work…and when working with younger directors…I always hear these sob stories about…oh, we spent all of our money…for post-production during production…and the budget's gone.…This is not smart filmmaking.…As a director,…you're gonna be constantly fighting…the limitations of the schedule and a budget,…but these things are there to help you stay on track…for the entire filmmaking process.…You might be tempted to get more takes of a shot…
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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