Director's Cues

During production, the director should use a series of standard calls and set procedures to direct the efforts of the video crew.

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Shot Power

Sure, you can just wing it when you get to your location to shoot your video.

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Use of the Slate

Use and proper execution of the slate, especially as an 1st Asst. Camera position, is a must when on more professional or feature sets.

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Creating Characters

Char0Getting the Most Out of Your Actors or Subjects

Telling a powerful story with video does not require professional actors or people experiencing extraordinary events. But it does hinge on making your characters interesting and believable. So how do you do this?

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Storyboarding Shots As a Director

Storyboard00What's the formula for which shots to use when making storyboards for a film shoot? Unfortunately, there's no one right answer. This is part of the creative workflow and the shots you choose depend on how you, as the director, see the movie in your mind's eye. Learning more about the meaning or the visual weight that certain types of shots convey can help you add an important level of visual interest and information to your story.

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Recruiting Talent

Recruiting TalentTalent matters. Be it on or off screen, good performers can help take your project to the next level. Therefore, it is well worth the time for any producer to find ways of attracting the best talent available.

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Storyboarding

Similar to a plot map used by archeologists, a storyboard is the best way to illustrate staging positions and camera angles for talent and crew.

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Clothing a Project

Wardrobe1In my previous article, “Costuming: From Script to Screen” I took you through the beginning processes of how we in the film and video wardrobe field breakdown a script and formulate our plans to costume a project. I mentioned that it was the Costume Designers job to discuss with the director what it is that they want the project to look like.

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Costuming: From Script to Screen

CostImageMark Twain is credited with saying, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Well, for us folk who have chosen the profession of costuming for the mediums including film and video truer words were never spoken!

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Decoding the Video Crew

Crew0As a one-man-band, you wear many hats, but when your production gets bigger, you have to share the load. But who ya gonna call? Get ready for the name game, it's "Crew Call" time! Do you sit through the long list of people during the credit roll at the end of a movie and wonder who all those titles are?

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Maintaining Continuity

Cont0Even in blockbuster movies, continuity errors happen, and eagle-eyed viewers love to find the mistakes. Shooting a movie over a period of days, weeks or even months can be a very difficult task - especially when it comes to maintaining continuity.

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The Screenplay

TypewriterKeysA screenplay is the literary expression of the story, characters, actions, locations, and tone of your film written in a specialized dramatic script format.

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Wardrobe and Make-up for Video

Though many people equate makeup and wardrobe with high-budget Hollywood productions, even the most modest video can greatly benefit by simple, inexpensive attention in this area.

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Storyboard Your Project

Before you create your storyboards, you have to perform certain tasks and make certain decisions.

First, begin by evaluating your screenplay and picturing it in terms of separate shots that can be visually translated into individual storyboard panels.

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Set Etiquette

A good film set is like a well-oiled machine. All of the parts must work together for everything to go properly.

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Filmmakers Toolkit

FilmmakersToolKit00Filmmaking is about creating something out of nothing, and no matter how prepared you may think you are, problems always arise on set.

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Techniques to Keep you Organized

Directing and Production Tips

After more than 12 years as an independent film and video director, and three years teaching filmmaking techniques, I’ve learned some things about staying organized.

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Basic Make-up

On television the tiniest flaw to your face make you look absolutely horrible. Without make up you look plain and dull, this is because of the bright 32k white lights we have to use.

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