One of the most important components in how to be a film director is understanding how to breakdown a scene using a screenplay. In this video tutorial, we will examine the purpose of a scene and how to fully understand its role in the whole movie, including the point of view of the director and how to direct using different points of view.
- In this chapter, we're going to start looking at…how to actually approach and shoot a script.…In this story, we're going to start with the basics.…How do you look at the words on the page…and make shots out of it?…Well, I thought it might be helpful…at the start of this chapter to walk you through…how to do that with a simple scene,…so we're going to look at the script of the night scene…and make a plan to shoot it.…For this scene, let's say that…we've already scouted the location,…so we know what the general area looks like.…Now, if you didn't know the location,…which is, you know,…very common in pre-production,…you probably just want to make sure…you have at least a basic idea of essentials…that need to happen for that setting,…then I like to just back up…and make sure I understand all the big picture stuff.…
What's the whole point of the scene…from a story perspective?…What role does it play in the story?…Where is the conflict?…To me, the point of the night scene…was for Teoni to share her powers with Cordea.…
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: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m 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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