Learn about common mistakes with lighting and focus, and learn how to solve these problems.
- Momentum is a valuable commodity in a production.…The thing that surprises most people from the outside…is how long it takes to do everything…on a movie set.…This has nothing to do with problems.…It's just that the event on screen…that takes only a moment to happen…is usually constructed from multiple takes.…And no matter how short that gesture…or facial expression might be,…it takes a lot more than that brief moment…to film it.…It's crucial to be efficient,…because you have to multiply out…all the little delays that can happen per shot…by how many shots you need to construct each scene.…
There are common problems that can…bog a production down.…But there are solutions to these.…Don't make the same mistake over and over again.…Remember, just because you don't have a solution…doesn't mean you don't have a problem.…When you know something isn't going well, stop.…Analyze the problem.…You don't have to have a solution to do that.…Do you see the catch-22 here?…You're looking for the solution.…Break the problem down in to its component parts.…
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