Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video The actor's perspective, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- Sometimes, in making a movie,…a cinematographer can lose awareness…of the perspective of the actor.…The first thing to realize is that the making of a movie…is a very different experience for an actor…than it is for a cinematographer.…You may think our only goal is to get the actor…to hit their marks in perfect timing…so we can ensure critical focus, excellent composition,…and coordinated movement with the camera.…Even if the actor hits his marks…and timing is perfect, there can still be…a disconnect between what they're doing…and what you are doing that can damage their work.…
For the actor who is truly in the moment,…it may be that this place is no longer a set.…This is his bedroom.…There is no camera.…There are no lights.…No one is watching.…He's talking to his wife,…not just some actor he met a few weeks ago.…It's reasonable that it's odd…that there are these t-shaped marks on the floor…that he's supposed to step on at a specific word.…
It could be that it feels unnatural…to stand directly in the beam of a bright light…
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
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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