Shotlist vs. Nothing
Posted 14 July 2010 - 09:28 PM
Also as a side question, if you use frame forge, what do you think? Is it a great tool?
Posted 15 July 2010 - 02:27 AM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 02:50 AM
Depending on what you know at the time, perhaps walking through at the actual locations while blocking out what the actors will be doing is more productive than a doing shot list without knowing the location. As you walk through, the shots will suggest themselves and you can note them. I know someone who did this with the story board artist on a short and you could almost tell the lens focal length by the drawings and there wasn't any wasted camera set ups.
Set plans with the camera position marked with notations is another way. They use these when shooting drama in multi camera TV studios, although perhaps this is less common now. They also break it down to a shot list for each camera. These evolve during rehearsals, so they're not set in stone.
Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:30 AM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:32 AM
Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:10 PM
Posted 16 July 2010 - 12:48 AM
In the same breath I must confess I find it very exhilarating and encouraging to work directors who, while on set, see opportunity and take advantage of it to enhance the story. I really don't mind doing extra work or setups when the actor is having a "ahhh" moment or something which would otherwise not have been available presents it self. I reckon it all depends on what you shooting, who is directing, what the work setup is and how much time is available. For me it helps with my "workflow", I get a chance to wrap my brain around what the director wants so we end up making more of the same movie on set.
Walking it through on set would be the second best thing to doing a shot-list but that is not always possible. What are these other areas your talking about? Maybe I'm getting too old for run and gunning it on set