How to Block and Light for Three Cameras: Fathers and Daughters Pt 2

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  6 Minutes of Video, In-Depth Written Breakdown, Behind-the-Scene Stills, Production Shoot Schedule, Topdown Blocking Diagram    –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  “Fathers & Daughters” is one of the first productions ever to utilize Freefly’s MoVI System and pushing the envelope in a fast-paced environment. In Part 2 of this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC talks about the process of blocking for three cameras at once and what it takes to dial-in talent with this many moving pieces. This is a firsthand look into the evolution of filmmaking and how you orchestrate other cameras hiding in bushes, closets and below view of the main camera to capture Lightning in Bottle emotional performances where all three cameras capture it.  Understand this and take your actors performances higher with these techniques.

  • In-depth looking into shooting “Fathers & Daughters.”
  • How to prep and block for three cameras at once.
  • The lighting logistics that you’ll face when working in this shoot style.
  • How to communicate with your crew and to work in unison.
  • The tips and tricks to blocking and getting the most out of your talent.
  • How to keep production moving at an even pace.


<<<Carlos >>>Invaluable work!
<<<Ahmed>>>Very cool stuff!
<<<Jaime>>>So excited to see the film and re-read all of your lessons about the making! Sounds like a beautiful scene.
<<<Rebecca>>>Can not wait to see this film! And see the shots you are talking about!
<<<Ahmed E>>>Thank you for this detailed and instructive post!


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Jhess Pabalate 6 days ago

Sorry for the first comment. I accidentally press the enter key. I would like to know if you change focal lengths with shooting this sequence? Thank you for this awesome course new knowledge and worth every penny.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    14 days ago

      @Jhess Pabalate Hi Jhess, We did change to 75mm's for the matching Medium Close-up coverage on them. Gabriele does not like going in for the close up unless it is going to really mean something, he stayed distant and then we put on the 75mm and got in their for the tears and the emotion at the end. You are so welcome, I am so glad you are enjoying it.