Learn about the actor's perspective on focus, and how to avoid common errors of focus with actors.
- The most important thing we do as a cinematographer…is to turn fantasy into reality.…The cinematographer has to create…the illusion of reality in an unreal situation.…It's a movie set; there's lot of equipment around,…there are actors pretending to be someone they're not.…It's critical that the audience not have any sense of that.…The truthful behavior of the actor…is critical in maintaining that illusion.…Remember, actors aren't furniture.…However, on occasion we do have to ask them…to do things we need them to do.…
When it comes to both focus and lighting…the most common thing we need from them…is a clear sense of where they're going to be.…So, let's take a look at how we determine…the distance between camera and the actor…for the shot so we make sure that the shot's in focus.…Now I've seen people use tape measures like this,…and I think that's kind of a mistake.…It's a dangerous thing to have,…even with a little powder puff here,…have this thing jutting toward an actor's face.…
Far better to use a soft tape like this…
Focus equipment can be complex and completely separate from the camera. Bill talks about how to use this equipment effectively. In addition, unlike still photography, your camera and the subject in front of your camera may be in motion. Discover how to manage this dynamic aspect of filmmaking, including how to avoid common focusing errors with actors. Finally, get tips for handling common problems with lighting and focus.
- Using the light meter
- Optics concepts
- Pulling focus
- Focus splits and zones of focus
- Composition and movement
- Avoiding common focusing errors with actors
- Solving common lighting and focus problems