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1 Close Up! Production Best Practice Day December 2 nd 2009

2 Order of Day Scriptwriting: Your Experiences From Script to Screen The Shot Filmmaking Dos and Donts Breaking Down Your Script Shot Lists and Storyboards In-Camera Filming Exercise Share Session

3 Feedback on Scriptwriting Group Discussion: In groups consider: 1: How did you go about generating ideas for your film? How did you decide which idea[s] to develop further? 2: How did you develop your idea[s]? What methods did you use? What worked well, what worked less well? 3: How did you consider the relationship between subject [content] and filmic style?

4 From Script To Screen Taking Your Script Into Production A complex creative and logistical task! Use shot lists and storyboards to visualise your shots and sequences

5 Visualising for the screen Visualisation is a way of coming up with new VISUAL and NARRATIVE ideas before shooting begins. This may be a single arresting image in a scene, or the decision to stage action for a long sequence rather than fast cutting. It may help find the dramatic centre of a scene or it may reveal a dishonest line of dialogue. It helps focus the vision for the final film. Make every shot and every sequence count! – Steven Katz on Directing

6 Shot Types and Movement Know your Shot Types terminology! Use abbreviations [CU, MS, LS, MCU] hand out Know your Camera Movement terminology! Pan, Tilt, Zoom

7 The Shot Is the basic division of a film or TV programme, in the same way as a play is divided into scenes or acts, or an orchestral piece into parts and bars. A shot must provide the viewer with a number of key elements. Each shot has a particular function within the overall story of you film. Visions of Light [1992]

8 Elements of the Shot

9 Filmmaking Dos and Donts The Six Elements of a Shot: Motivation – Karel Reiz On Editing Information Composition – framing: isolating a view Sound New camera angle – [see hand out] Continuity – That Fatal Sneeze [1907]


11 Breaking Down Your Script Marking Up Your Script Overhead Plans – hand out The aim is create Shots flow

12 Shot Flow Shot Lists Storyboards: Shot Number Shot Type Shot Information: action, dialogue, sound Camera Movement Use arrows to indicate movement [hand out]

13 The Shoot Slates [Shots] and Takes Blocking Rehearsing camera and subject Production Logs to record takes

14 In-Camera Filming Exercise: Creating The Shot! Storyboard, Shoot and Share the following: Someone sits in a chair, silently reading. They hear a sound nearby and are suddenly interrupted by something unexpected. Make sure you devise your shots according to the Six Elements. Make the sequence as engaging as you can. Make every shot count!

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