At times on a film set, the director will be wrong and will need to listen to the input of the cast and crew, and yield to their suggestions. It's important for movie directors to know what will compromise their vision and what will help it. In this filmmaking tutorial, specific examples are given that demonstrate compromising on set.
- In the last tutorial, we looked at how sometimes…you need to push back against your crew…and stand your ground.…In this tutorial, we're going to see the other side,…times when you should relinquish and let go.…During the filming of that same goodbye scene…we looked at previously,…there was a part of the original script…that had villains searching for our heroines.…And at one point, we saw them in the background.…I thought that that would add some tension…to see them off in the distance…while Tayani was saying goodbye to Cordeya.…It's important to note, that this was the only coverage…of these bad guys in the scene.…
So I wanted them close enough to the camera…that the audience could recognize them…from their wardrobe through all the foliage and stuff.…Now after setting up, getting a couple shots,…Amy, our script supervisor,…told me that it felt like the bad guys…were a little bit too close to our heroes…and that it seems like they would have been easily spotted…from them at that distance.…So, I agree.…So, we kept them at the same spot,…
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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