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

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