When filmmakers used film cameras to make movies, rolling a camera take would consume film constantly, which would cost money and get expensive. In the modern era, with digital cinematography, cameras record to SSD cards, eliminating the cost of recording. So directors can continuously roll camera without cutting and do rolling takes to keep cast and crew in the zone.
- Film directors yelling, "Action!" and "Cut!"…are almost as iconic as cinema itself.…We'll talk in detail about the workflow of calling shots…in the next training series about working on set,…but here I wanna talk about a new exception…to this gold standard.…In times past the cost of film was one of the things…that made filmmaking so out of reach…for most independent filmmakers.…Every second that cameras recorded used up film,…which costs money,…so filmmakers with smaller budgets were usually really…judicious with takes because they had to be, financially.…
But now in the days of video,…recording video doesn't really cost anything.…You can do take after take while the cameras keep recording…instead of calling, "Cut!".…Here's what that looked like on The Assurance.…Back to one, back to one, back to one!…Keep rolling, keep rolling!…- [Young Girl] Hello!…- Okay, do that again, keep rolling,…and then go back to one.…Notice that I often my notes by yelling, "Still rolling",…so that camera and audio didn't stop recording…
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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