DIRECTING

PREP IN PRE-PRODUCTION

Camera techniques and blocking are essential in the way the story is "expressed" and flows on the screen.  As you’re combing through the script while VISUALIZING and noting the KEY ACTIONS of the actors to bring the story to life...if there is any particular type of tone or emphasis needed for a dramatic effect (for a particular anticipated audience response) you’re making key notes of these tips to draw in and mesmerize your future audience.  Clear notes and clear communication with the talented cast and crew will bring this about in a smoother way.


  • FULL SHOT...CLOSE-UP...LONG-SHOT...TILTED--YOU'RE VISUALIZING HOW EACH SHOT WILL BE CAPTURED ON CAMERA.


  • THE TYPE OF SCENES AND SHOT COVERAGE YOU WILL CREATE, ANY TYPE OF LIGHTING EFFECTS...DAY SHOTS?  NIGHT SETTINGS?...


  • WHAT'S NEEDED TO BRING ABOUT THE REQUIRED DRAMATIC ELEMENT?  YOUR SKILLED CREATIVE SENSES WILL SEE AND NOTE SUCH IN ADVANCE. 


  • ALSO, NEW REVELATIONS WILL OCCUR WHILE ON SET, BUT, START OFF WITH A SET FOUNDATION TO BUILD FROM BEFORE YOU ARRIVE ON THE SET. 


  • AS A DIRECTOR, YOU WILL GET THE BEST RESULTS WHEN YOU CAN COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION TO THE CAST AND CREW IN A MANNER WHERE IT'S LIKE YOU ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.


  •  WHEN THE ACTOR NEEDS TO SHOW THEIR EMOTIONS TO ANOTHER CHARACTER AND IT MISSES THE MARK OF WHAT YOU'VE INTERPRETED, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FURTHER INSTRUCT THE TALENT ON EXPRESSING IT ON A LEVEL WHICH EVEN ENLIGHTENS THE ACTOR, WITH AN "AH!" AND "AWE!"

SHINING IN PRODUCTION

As the Director, the boss...on the production set, you will have the pleasure of:


  • Communicating with the DP on which camera shots you will have captured with the actors and scenery in each scene, set-up and coverage shots.


  • Communicating with the actors in what you see them doing on the screen and and their skills to express the tasks out on the camera and audience in the fullest.


  • Communicating with the Script Supervisor while he/she notes which shots/takes will be considered in editing (even marking the SMPTE time code) for further review.


  • Communicating with the editor ahead of time so he/she can perform the skilled tasks of placing the shots in the order needed and in a concise manner for review.

There Are times when: 


  • Some locations will charge by the hour… Even when a location for shooting is free..."real life" interrupts...


  • Some of the cast or crew still have life to tend to...like sleeping, eating, tending to their kids, etc. outside of work hours... Hey. It can even happen from your end, too.


  • It's so wonderful when the cast and crew understands this, as well, all within reason!

When you prepare the shots ahead of time and communicate this with the DP and Actors effectively, it eliminates extraneous hours from the actual production set. Director, with your keen sense of visual creativity as you bring the script to a realistic visual medium, note what specific camera shots will capture the actors in the rare/captivating form needed for this particular story. Still, plan on various angles to capture ample coverage!


Checking dailies daily keeps production time in a cool check!

FINE TUNING IN POST

Every scene shot you've planned and executed are being fined tuned with the gifted Editor.  This includes the production shots, sound, effects, etc.  The communication with the actors, the notes you communicated with the Script Supervisor, the crew in general, etc. will be clearly seen in these images...in this final phase before releasing the material you've physically organized, to release to the audiences.


Reviewing your shots on the set and reviewing the captured shots on the dailies to use in the final production will prepare you for a more focused set of effective 'chosen shots' meetings before you communicate with the Editor. 


With things in order, the Producers, Talent, Crew...Production staff overall...will want to personally give you an award when you come to the editing room with which specific shots in each scene, noted by sympte time-code, etc. of what to have in the final edited footage (so that they can view their own footage as soon as possible!)  As well, it can be released to the audiences in time to bring in those desired profits!