Most film productions follow similar protocols in terms of the film production workflow. In this online filmmaking tutorial, the workflow on a movie set is examined, from the first assistant director telling the film crew which shot on the shot list is the next setup and gathering and settling the film crew to the 1st AD calling the shot, slating the shot, and filming the shot.
- In this movie we're going to look at the workflow…of the production day.…What it looks like as we move from shot to shot.…First, the AD tells everyone what the next shot is.…The Director and DP then confirm what the setup will be.…A setup refers to the arrangement of lights,…cameras, set, and so on for the shot.…The DP then goes to work with the gapper, grips,…and camera assistance to get the shoot ready to shoot.…That process takes up by far the most time…on a film set, so it's best to get them…working as soon as possible.…While those teams are doing their jobs,…I would often meet with the actors to rehearse,…and talk about the next scene.…
It's critical by this point,…to have a clear idea of the blocking of the next shot,…basically how the actors will move,…where the camera will be positioned,…and how the camera will move through the shot.…I'll then usually rehearse with the actors…on the actual set, and place marks…so that they stay in exactly the same spot…take after take.…This is essential not only for continuity,…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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