In filmmaking, the lens of the camera represents the perspective of the audience. And because human beings move in response to stimuli and emotions, directors can recreate those same emotions by moving the camera as if it represented the audience. Moving the camera and using the camera to tell stories is one of the best tools in the hands of filmmakers.
- One of the most powerful storytelling tools…you have as a filmmaker is the camera.…The camera essentially represents…the eyes of the audience.…Just like in real life, people move for various reasons,…but always for a purpose.…We get closer to those we feel more intimacy towards…and further away from people that creep us out.…When we're excited, and our heart is racing…with anger or fear, we often get antsy.…We can't sit still.…As filmmakers, we can help the audience…feel those same emotions by moving the camera…as if they were feeling those feelings.…If we wanted the audience to feel…more connected to a character,…then we could move the camera closure,…as in the opening shot of The Assurance.…
We wanted people to be drawn into this world,…so we moved the camera, essentially the audience,…closer to Korda'a.…As part of this chapter we're going to look a little closer…at a few of the most common camera moves.…But with the increasing availability of gear…like sliders, drones, stabilizers,…the type of shots you can get are really infinite.…
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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