Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video Who's driving the scene?, part of Cinematography 01: Narrative Fundamentals.
- [Instructor] The cinematographer also…plays a role in understanding…the relationships of the actors in a given scene.…You can shoot a scene far more expressively,…if you know whose story you're telling.…One of the most important questions…a cinematographer has for the director is,…whose story is this?…The fancy way to ask that is,…what's the narrative point of view of the movie?…Don't assume you know the answer…to this question after reading the script.…It's likely that 10 directors shooting the exact same movie,…would all have dramatically…different answers to this question.…
This is one of the basic parts of the vision…that the director brings to the movie.…Be cognizant of the fact that there's no…clearly defined answer to this question.…The most controversial answer,…is that the movie is everybody's story.…I think that's relinquishing…a fundamental directorial responsibility,…from my prospective, if it's everybody's story,…it's nobody's story.…Without question, the movie may show…events from differing points of view.…
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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