Scouting movie locations is an important part of pre-production, and a great way for film directors to find good shooting locations for film. Locations create a distinct atmosphere and environment in a film. When doing a location scout, it's important to bring key crew members with you, such as the director of photography and the sound mixer, so they can help you make the final location decisions.
- Locations are a huge part of the…production value of your film,…and also go a long way in setting the mood of your film.…As we looked at in series three,…I think the location we got for The Assurance…was one of the best things to happen to the film.…So, during pre-production, you'll definitely want…to be a part of the scouting process for the locations.…A location scout is when you go to…potential shooting locations…and evaluate if there'll be a fit or not.…If possible, I recommend taking some…extra crew with you as well.…Your cinematographer and sound mixer can be helpful…as an extra set of eyes and ears about the…unique visual and auditory properties of the location.…
It might be exactly what you're looking for…in terms of geography, but maybe the sound mixer…notices some potential audio issues that…would've been disastrous to be unaware of until production.…Also, remember to not look for what is there,…but what you can make the audience believe is there.…The council scene actually takes place…in a covered picnic area, but we set up some C-stands,…
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 Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Appropriate for all
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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