Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Four scenes down.

We shot Friday and Monday. Two scenes per day. I've viewed the footage. So far I'm liking it. I'm only worried about one outdoor scene that's at night. I'm not too fond of the lighting. Hopefully it'll look alright, if not I'm just going to re-shoot it as a daytime scene.

Here's a day two set up. Walking Trail scene.


Ryan on the left and I'm on the right. Writer and the director right there.

Day one. The first scene. Shot at the magic hour.

First scene again.

First day; basketball scene. That's Aidan on boom. He's also the A.D.

First day, again. I'm also D.P.ing this bad boy. That's the cast on the court. Great chemistry between the three.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tomorrow's the big day!!

So tomorrow's the big day... First production day on Buddy. We're doing two scenes tomorrow, six pages. I'm not sure how long that's going to take, but I have until the sunsets.

I have my notes written all over the front and back of the script pages with my shots and blocking lined up... It's loosely set for tomorrow, chances are I'll be doing a lot more different set ups. Plus seeing the actors in character will change my perspective of what works and what doesn't work.

I love this feeling... It's bittersweet. It's that nervous-excitement. I don't know how to describe it, but part of me wants to throw up a little bit. It's like when you take a girl out on a date for the first time. You know what I mean?

I know it's gonna be a fun shoot, so that's what matters... As well as a good product.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Framing Your Shots One Step At A Time: The Basics

Here's a quick lesson in framing the shot. I've set up an example that's labeled for you to understand more.

This will be very helpful to you when you're trying to explain to your cinematographer what you have in your mind for the next shot.


Master Shot: This shot sets up your entire scene. It's usually the widest shot as well, all the action can be seen in this set up when you cut to it. this allows maximum coverage of the entire scene. Keep this in mind to start and possibly close your scenes. It's a good idea to shoot this set up first then get in closer.

Full Shot: This is still a wide shot but not as wide as the master. This is a full body shot. Multiple actors can be in the same frame. I would be mindful of making sure the frame isn't too cluttered.

Medium Full: This is also a medium full shot. It tends to cut off the frame around the point of the actor's knees. This works if you feel you want to get closer in but not too close.

Medium Shot / Close-Up: The medium shot is usually around the hip and the medium close up is within the mid-chest region of the actor. I personally like medium close-ups a lot. They look nice when framed correctly. This can make conversation more personal within a scene because the viewer begins to feel like they're apart of the action.

Close-Up: This would be like a full shot of the actor's face. It works for tense moments to really heighten the drama.

Extreme Close-Up: This would be like a close up that just included the actor's eyes, for example. Or if you cut to a shot of their watch.


These are the basics of framing. It's good to know so the communication process with your cinematographer is more clear with what you want.

What you'll usually need in almost any scene is your master shot, medium shots and close-ups / medium close-ups.

This is one of the many fun parts about making films. Be clever with how you frame your shot, experiment a little bit. Get what you need then start to think outside the box a little bit.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Buddy is on it's way...

Shooting starts on Friday. I'm starting to get very excited. All the actors and crew are going to be out of school by then so this will be a lot easier of a process.

So for right now what I'm going to be doing as we get closer to the date; I'm going to be figuring out a rough idea of what shots I'm going to be using... I usually have a layout in my head of how the movie is going to play out but once I show up to the set more and more ideas start to fly through my head.

I already have my usual two shots and necessary close-ups and establishing shots that I'm going to be using. But I'm still going to compile a shot list.

So this post is going to lead into my next one about framing...

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Briefly updating your curious minds...

Ryan and I had a table reading for Buddy. Great stuff. We're really looking forward to shooting this. The two we read with had great chemistry. It's like they were best friends. The banter and everything was awesome.

We start next week.

Also... I started my long term project. The script is being written as we speak. This is going to be a lot of fun. I'm casting two of the actors from Buddy in it.

I'll keep you updated with further information when that time comes.

So it's finals week... Sorry for the lack of postings.

I will be posting a newer new one very soon...

Till next time...