Understanding Camera Blocking and Breaking The Rules: Semi Pro
INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON: 13 Minutes of Instructional Video lighting, camera schematics and a glossary of terms for better learning–SUPPLIED W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN: Understanding the basics of shot-to-shot association will be the “do or die” when crafting narrative sequences. In these moments, everything you’ve learned as a filmmaker/storyteller is put to the test. Tension, suspense, horror, or drama can only go so far without the aid of the composition and how it unravels over the duration of that sequence. It’s also important to know the rules and when to break them.
In Part 2 of this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes you deep into what he calls the “record scratching” moment of Semi Pro. He gives you a firsthand look into the thought process of director, Kent Alderman and himself as they boil down the emotion and translate that to key frames. From understanding the importance of a shot list to breaking the rules… you’ll get a deeper understanding of the power of shot-to-shot association.
- How to break a scene down into coverage.
- Figuring out the keyframes of the coverage.
- How to build around your key frames.
- Understanding the environment you’re shooting in.
- Picking the best angles to not only express the character but the environment.
- How composition can change the emotion of a story.
- How to establish a scene.
- What coverage will convey the right emotion.
- Breaking the formula of A/B cinematography.
- Creating emotion through different methods of coverage.
- Different types of coverage when shooting a scene.
- Understanding when and when not to break the “180° Rule.”
- Figuring out how to break the “180° Rule” in your favor.