Movie directors must be aware of continuity in all aspects, but most specifically of the emotional continuity from shot to shot within a scene. Filmmaking is comprised of breaking the script down into shootable pieces, and then reassembling those pieces in the edit after film production ends. So the levels of emotion must remain consistent in order to feel believable for the audience.
- When directing actors, one of the most important jobs…is to maintain emotional consistency from shot to shot.…Making movies is all about cutting up the script…into many shootable pieces,…and then assembling those pieces together in the edit…to tell the story.…Great films are typically made up of great little pieces.…But new directors often lose sight of how the piece…they're filming fits into the larger whole.…I've seen directors shoot a master…where the actors have kind of established…how they're going to play the scene.…And then when they go in for reverses,…they allow the actors to improvise…or to change their objectives or something else.…
And you know, it's an honest mistake.…Often after warming up and shooting a master,…the actors and the crew all feel more comfortable,…and they can create some great stuff on the fly.…But while those pieces may be better…because of those decisions,…when it comes time to patch everything together,…those pieces might not fit.…And so the whole suffers…because of the lack of consistency between the pieces.…
Learn about finding and auditioning actors for different roles and get a deep dive into the theory of acting: being vs. pretending, understanding character motivation, and interpreting the script. From theory, we segue into application, with some acting exercises to keep actors focused and in the zone. Chad also touches on the importance of rehearsals, and provides tips for directing actors on set and getting great voiceover in post. The course closes with an interview with Eva Jane, the lead in The Assurance, and her thoughts on getting into character and working with directors.
- Finding actors
- Conducting and evaluating auditions
- Exploring acting methods
- Practicing with acting exercises
- Conducting rehearsals
- Directing actors
Skill Level Intermediate
2. Acting (Theory)
3. Acting (Application)
4. Conducting Rehearsals
5. Directing Actors
6. Interview with Eva Jane
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