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Contains over 50 minutes of extensive video content and analysis.
You will get:
You will learn:
- The impact camera movement has on viewers’ emotions.
- How a camera can play into the emotion of a scene.
- How to orientate your audience, and how NOT to.
- Utilizing camera and movement to provide story details without cutting.
- Understanding how lenses can affect audience perspective.
- How to manipulate what the audiences takes in.
- How to create a camera language for each character in your story.
- Creating movement that will work for the scene.
- Understanding your director’s vision and how to deliver that on screen.
- How to interpret scripts for the screen
- How to create interesting compositions to keep your audience in the story.
In this content, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses his work on “Waist Deep” and how important the camera’s movement was to each scene. Movies, at the end of the day, are illustrations, windows into that character’s life. By the time you finish this, you’ll understand the basic principles to feeding information and manipulating your audience through utilizing camera emotion.
You will learn:
- How to manipulate your audience through shot selection.
- Understanding the basics of camera emotion.
- How to utilize handheld and long lens shots to create a sense of claustrophobia.
- Understanding the script and how to adapt it for the audience.
- How to create kinetic and elaborate sequences while feeding the audience information.
- Utilizing uniques methods to establish your emotion.
- Understanding how to utilize a composition to its full potential.
- How to work and get your coverage in small windows of time.
Manipulating your audience through camera language is the ultimate way to put your audience in the front seat. In this installment of the On Set – Camera Dynamics Series, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses his time on “Waist Deep” and how he set the tone early on with his camera movement. He discusses what it took to get the audience in the mindset of the film and how to play against their expectations on what was going to come next. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of how your lens choice and camera movement can make or break your film.
On Set Series: “Waist Deep” – Deliberately Breaking the Rules
You will learn:
- How different camera movements can elicit different emotions from your audience.
- Not all hand held is the same, learn how to utilize the differences in style.
- How to create “beats” within your story to give your audience moments to catch up.
- What the 180 Degree Rule is and how it’s utilized in everyday filmmaking.
- When to break the 180 Degree Rule and when to utilize it for its effect.
- How to create a kinetic and jarring sequence with specific camera movements.
- Knowing when it is okay to break the rules and how it will affect your audience.
- How to utilize certain shots like POVs to establish your next leg in the sequence.
- Creating camera movement that trickles information along in pieces, not all at once.
- Understanding the best shooting style to lock in the emotion necessary for the scene.
Shane Hurlbut, ASC shows you how he and Writer/Director Vondie Curtis-Hall emersed the audience into a scene by utilizing different camera movement, or not moving the camera, and playing by classic cinematic rules – or by breaking them. Shane will take you through step by step on how they kept the audience on the edge of their seat and guessing as the story unfolds. By the end of this, you’ll understand how to apply these tricks to your upcoming shoot and showcase how to bend the rules in your favor.
On Set Series: “Waist Deep” – Logistics from the Shoot
You will learn:
- How to create the proper schedule to get the job done.
- Understanding your script and pulling out all of the information to adapt it.
- Mapping out step-by-step each beat and how you’re going to shoot it.
- How to work with minors on set and with their limit on work hours.
- Understanding the sun and how to make it work for you on exterior shots.
- Learning the importance of communication and working with your director team.
- Communicating the necessary information to your departments to prep in advance.
- Managing your crew size to make sure you have the right personnel on the day.
- Understanding the tricks to maintain a quick pace on set.
- Knowing where to cut excess to free up your production.
- How to prepare for the day in pre-production.
- Understanding the importance of pre-rigging.
- How to shoot out of order while retaining a seamless edit.
- Establishing a strong connection with your director to fulfill his vision and yours.
- Understanding your actors’ needs on physical days with a lot of movement.
- How to employ multiple cameras to get the proper coverage on important shots.
- Picking the right cameras/setups to accomplish your shot list.
- Understanding how to work with the location manager to ensure flexibility on the day.
- How to plan your shoot with your crew’s safety in mind.
Imagine you’ve got to shoot a whole action sequence on a city street using only available light, involving a child actor, and do it in one day. You’ll have a lot to get done, and not enough time to do it in, but this is how you do it.
Because that’s exactly the situation that Shane Hurlbut, ASC had to face on “Waist Deep.” In this installment, he breaks down the schedule, crew list, and potential hazards you may encounter trying to shoot an action sequence in one day. Whether you’re working on a big budget motion picture or a low budget music video, you’ll leave knowing how to get the most out of your time and resources for your shoot.