Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Understand the story, part of Cinematography 01: Narrative Fundamentals.
- Making a movie is a complex thing to do.…So complex, that it's possible to forget…the underlying meaning of what we're doing,…which is telling a story.…One reason it's easy to lose sight of the story,…is that the script goes through so many drafts.…When new scripts are published,…rarely does the production republish the whole thing.…Usually, you just get new pages.…There's a sequence of page revisions, identifiable by color,…so the script ends up being a multi-colored patchwork quilt.…
It'll be better to think of the story as a blanket,…woven together seamlessly,…rather than an episodic series of patches.…As the script changes, it's easy for filmmakers…to get hung up on the plot,…because a series of events that happen,…is more easily accessible.…The story is more elusive.…The cinematographer has to concentrate…and realize that the plot will change…from draft to draft, but the story shouldn't.…
The story is the underlying meaning of it all.…The story is why we're shooting the thing.…There's something we want to say.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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