Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Learning Cinematography: 3 Hands On Techniques.
- In order to get the most out of this course, you should already know a few things. You'll have to have a sense of the budget of your film. This will tell you what kind of post-production process you will be sending your footage through. The budget will also determine your crew size. You'll have to know what kind of camera you'll be working with. Will it be a simple camera where the images go directly to the final audience with little or no post-production color grading, like videos intended for YouTube, for instance? Now, I have a feeling that these productions will become more complex over time, but at the moment, the post-production process is pretty simple for these productions.
You shoot it, you edit it, and then you post it. You should know how to determine the ISO speed of your camera. This is needed, so that you can maintain visual continuity by selecting the right f-stop for your production. It would also be useful to understand the basics of how a lens works. You should have a good sense of the flow on set. How is the set organized and who does what and when? For more information on all of these topics, check out my Narrative Fundamentals and Working on Set courses in the library.
With that base knowledge, this course will help you to gain the necessary skills to maintain the momentum of your shoot. This will boost your set's speed and effectiveness, which keeps you on budget and on target.
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