An important part of directing movies is to get a vision for the project, and then stick to that vision. The schedule, the cast, the budget, the crew, the film financiers, and others will try to pull the director away from their vision for the film. But the director must make sure that they adhere to the vision that they created for the film to create a complete and cohesive project.
- As we looked at in the last tutorial, it's important…to defer to your crew and help them feel heard,…but there are times when the crew will be wrong.…They aren't seeing what's in your head.…So sometimes they're well meaning, but they might be…pushing you in the wrong direction, and you'll need to know…when you need to stick to your guns.…This happened in a big way on The Assurance.…When we were filming the pivotal goodbye scene,…I was having a really tough time getting the performances…I needed from the actresses.…To add to the stresses, the crew was constantly…pressuring me about how we were losing light.…
To me, performances are more important,…and we were shooting raw.…Our exposure levels were fine, and I'm a colorist.…We can lose a stop of light and I can make the shots…match in post.…I wasn't worried about it, but I didn't communicate that…to them, so they became increasingly insistent…that we had to move on, so much so that I couldn't really…focus on directing the scene.…But as we saw in the last training series on acting,…
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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