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#1 Yash Lucid

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 06:00 PM

Quick Backstory:

As someone who did not have the luxury to study film or even get experience on set even as a coffee-runner, due to an almost non-existent industry in my town (Durban, SA), I always wanted to learn how to film. I did have one resource however, decent internet.

 

So I watched a Lynda.com tutorial, followed Tony Reale's HDSLR 101 series on youtube, constantly watched, commented and discussed topics on Vimeo Video School, as well FilmRiot/Indy Mogul/Cheesycam, and read a book or two.

 

It has all lead to me this point since beginning my journey in 2012:

 

I now want to use my skills gained from web-video directing, corporate video directing, and indie-film directing, to transition into commercial directing. I've moved up north to Johannesburg which is the "LA" of South Africa where I'm offered many opportunities.

 

While I am working my ass off and getting on as many sets as I can and continuously working, I'd like to know if anybody can point me in the right direction to find any Directing tutorials online.

 

Unfortunately, while watching hours of interviews with Tarantino, Nolan and so on are amazingly insightful, they are still far from the basics of what I'm looking for, so if anybody knows of the equivalent Lynda.com tutorial on directing, to be used as another source (i.e., not my only source) of learning, I would appreciate it!

 

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#2 Miguel Angel

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 06:28 PM

Maybe try the courses on Hollywood Camera Work? the one in blocking is very good and worth the money. 

 

http://www.hollywood...nd-staging.html

 

Also, I would contact Callacrew or Nautilus or similar agencies to let them know that you are around and want to transition into commercials.

 

Have a good day!


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#3 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 03:23 AM

You really gotta start and getting your hands dirty with a cheap camera before all else. Produce shorts constantly and the process of "learning from your mistakes" is mathematically practical within a smaller amount of time.

 

Once you've fabricated your own experiences, I personally recommend the online content of Shane Hurlbut and the online Masterclass from Werner Herzog.

 

All in all, make sure you have the time and ability to simply practice in general. If you don't apply what you're learning from the recommended resources, you may as well spend your time playing video games or something.


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#4 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 03:45 AM

Yash Im sure you will make it sir... when you are inevitably on that first shoot as director..   don't ever do that making a frame with your hands thing.. or suddenly swish your finger out when you want to cut..  there will be much sniggering and uncomplimentary banter behind your back..  a joke.. but serious too.. :).. 


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 03:48 AM

Yash Im sure you will make it sir... when you are inevitably on that first shoot as director..   don't ever do that making a frame with your hands thing.. or suddenly swish your finger out when you want to cut..  there will be much sniggering and uncomplimentary banter behind your back..  a joke.. but serious too.. :).. 

I've never said "action" or "cut" on a set before. It's corny to me.


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#6 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:11 AM

I've never said "action" or "cut" on a set before. It's corny to me.

 

Well I think its fine for the dir to say action and cut..   its just that frame with the fingers thing.. this is sort of universally ridiculed :)..


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:30 AM

Maybe try the courses on Hollywood Camera Work? the one in blocking is very good and worth the money. 

 

http://www.hollywood...nd-staging.html

 

Also, I would contact Callacrew or Nautilus or similar agencies to let them know that you are around and want to transition into commercials.

 

Have a good day!

Yes! I've heard about this, will look into it. Thank you! 


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:51 AM

You really gotta start and getting your hands dirty with a cheap camera before all else. Produce shorts constantly and the process of "learning from your mistakes" is mathematically practical within a smaller amount of time.

 

Once you've fabricated your own experiences, I personally recommend the online content of Shane Hurlbut and the online Masterclass from Werner Herzog.

 

All in all, make sure you have the time and ability to simply practice in general. If you don't apply what you're learning from the recommended resources, you may as well spend your time playing video games or something.

100%! 

 

I started with a Canon 60D and worked my way up.

 

I've always considered Shane's inner circle but it looked like it was more for DPs than Directors. Will check out the other class as well, thank you!


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#9 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 12:43 PM

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"The 30sec Storyteller" is a great book covering the process from start to finish.
Just take a look at the table of contents.

 

"Directing Actors" is a great one on the topic with so many depths and insights.

"Making Movies" is the personal process of making 'em by the great Lumet.


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