Camera Blocking & Setting Up The Scene: Deadfall

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  10:45 Minutes of Instructional Video and schematics-SUPPLIED W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is Part 5 of a 22 part series that takes you on a journey from Script to Screen.  Every nuances is discussed in detail from the first scout with the director, the tech scout, the pre-rig, the blocking, rehearsals to the final angle composed, lit and shot.  Blocking is that mysterious unspoken topic that know one educates on.  In this lesson we pull back the Curtain and reveal How I Block, create, collaborate with the director to enable his or her vision.  How we position the character’s in the best way to elevate the story and the emotion of the scene.

  • Focus on what we need to see in the script
  • Follow the 180 degree rule and if you need to reset the line, do so with a neutral shot (like our Goose bell moment).
  • Find the emotion in the scene and think about how best to capture it on the faces of the characters.

markaricavp 5 days ago

Awesome stuff! Just to clarify, the first 180 line was established because he was looking outside, up until they came inside. Then once they sat at the table, you realized it was best to place the camera on the opposite side. So you had to figure out how to cross it. Is that correct?

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    • markaricavp    4 days ago

      @markaricavp As opposed to placing the camera on the opposite side to begin with so you wouldn't need to have a neutral. (Just realized that you can't add paragraphs so I just replied to my own comment haha)

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    4 days ago

      @markaricavp HI markaricavp, That is exactly right, we had to be able to cut to neutral angle so we could then flip the line.

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FlatArt 10 days ago

I’m really enjoying this fantastic series! Just a question regarding the 180 degree rule. IS this how one always ” breaks” it? By adding a neutral angle first. I’m actually doing a reality TV series and the the 3 act segment is everyone a round a table and its always been my struggle to keep the line and get the right angles. Or are there other ways that I can also go about this ? Also, I’m assuming this scene for the purpose of the lesson is flipped vs the real scene in Deadfall?

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    • shanehurlbutasc    9 days ago

      @FlatArt Hi FlatArt, Yes, the scene was flipped because of the location and the room design. This is the practice of the180 Deg rule. As you watch more I continue to cement this practice. It is essential to learn this blocking and coverage rule because you can get characters actually not looking at each other if you do not follow the 180 degree rule. I work with directors that are adamant about it and some are more open to jumping the line. I try to break the line when the story or the character development warrants it. Check out Blocking A to Z, this one is so good on understanding these rules and when to break them. https://www.hurlbutacademy.com/courses/blocking-lighting-a-z/

    • FlatArt    9 days ago

      @FlatArt Thx Shane, I'm gonna check that out. Its definitely the thing that trips me up the most. I come from a professional photography background so I'm used to getting this one angle thats great. Now when things start to move - it a different ballgame! BTW this is Dawie Verwey from South Africa. Just sign on this morning! Could not get my username (DaveV)as it was taken so I opted for my company name Flat Art... I'm gonna check with Shelly if I can change this....

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FlatArt 10 days ago

HI Shane,