Filming a Conversation

For many videos and other stories, dialogue is central to telling the story. An alternate aspect entirely from visual storytelling, conversations require words to expand the story. Throughout most videos there is a continuous need for conversations, but this post will focus mostly on those key scenes with intense dialogue. The tools discussed here can also be used for any other place where characters talk … Continue reading Filming a Conversation

Filming a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are the highlights of action films, and often stand out as memorable moments even within videos of other genres. Good fight scenes are focused and fast-paced, keeping the viewers on full alert beyond what less intense scenes can achieve. These scenes contain quality pacing paired with well-executed action, a skilled camera operator, and realistic effects. Pacing Sometimes overlooked when developing fight scenes, pacing … Continue reading Filming a Fight Scene

Acting

Acting is an art, and a difficult one to master. Good actors are able to fully embrace their roles, placing themselves completely in the mindsets of their characters. This goes beyond memorizing a few lines and acting out specific gestures. There are multiple ways to approach acting which appeal to different actors depending upon their experience and the specific role. None are specifically right or … Continue reading Acting

Focusing the Story

Much like telling stories through written words, the art of telling stories through film has a very flexible range. Although the direction of the project in question can shape the complexity, there is a generally accepted scale of intricacy associated with the length of the project. With short videos, we typically tackle clean scripts with straightforward stories. With feature-length films, we can branch off into … Continue reading Focusing the Story

Preparation Time

Ideally we look to approach film projects gradually, and with enough time beforehand to plan a large majority of the details involved. Note that I didn’t say all of the details involved. And it’s right there that this process gets a little tricky: what is the right amount of planning? The Stages of Planning Like so many of the other posts that I’ve written, I … Continue reading Preparation Time

Directing Micro-Budget Films

Making videos is expensive. Making feature-length films is astronomically more expensive. When we typically think of a ‘low-budget’ film, costs range somewhere around the lower millions. Even with the classification of ‘micro-budget’, that figure still graces the ten-to-hundred-thousands. By comparison to Hollywood blockbusters these are certainly much cheaper classifications, but to the average perspective filmmaker they are still very major investments. In the sense of … Continue reading Directing Micro-Budget Films

Script Crafting

Improvisation doesn’t lead to good videos. Filmmaking is a craft that requires far too much forethought for the entire process to be made up on the spot during filming day. Certainly, there are many good moments in both films and short videos where the actors’ dialogue is improvised to impressive effect, but even these unplanned moments have to occur within a set structure. That’s just … Continue reading Script Crafting