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Oblique/Canted Suggests Instability, Disorientation Often a P.O.V.
Stage 2: On The “Set” 5 Major Elements of Production: Direction Blocking the Scene Lighting Continuity Sound
Director You! And there can only be one!!! Make sure your actors know: Who they are Who they are talking to What they want
Blocking the Scene Before shooting, you should: Find beginning camera location, and place actors at marks Let actors perform as they wish, then make suggestions Be flexible – allow for improvisation Actors must “do” rather than “say” Rehearse until all parties are ready
Lighting the Scene Do test shots, with a human subject, at the same time and location as your live production. Avoid the following common mistakes: Shooting directly into a light or getting flares Shooting scenes where everything’s lit except for your talent Needing more light – a little goes a long way with video Harsh shadows – use fill if necessary
Examples of Poor Lighting
Sound Be aware that built-in camera mics may not provide adequate audio. Monitor with headphones, and remember audio can be added. Also, watch out for: Background noise/music Outdoor wind Camera operation noise
Continuity Keep your scene’s elements consistent, to avoid continuity errors
How NOT to Act During a Fire Drill Your organization recently conducted a fire drill, with less than optimal results. The charge of your team is to create a short video that will reinforce good drill behavior, and eliminate the bad.
Stage 3: Post-Production Four Basic Steps: View rushes, labeling shots in line with shot #’s from Shot Sheet Edit visuals. Avoid double actions and jump cutting. Edit the audio. Add music, sound effects, and dialogue if audio is poor. Show rough cut to at least 2 other people. Be open and flexible to suggestions.
Release Day!! Consider YouTube or Vimeo for uploading. Remember, file size may be large, and will need adequate storage space.
Helpful Links: Internet Archive – great source for stock sound effects and music http://www.archive.org/ Indie Filmmaking – tips and tricks for amateurs http://www.indie-film-making.com/