From Hannibal to Philanthropist – the Many Roles of Anthony Hopkins

Film directing is one of the hardest and most important professions in the film industry, but also one of the most rewarding. There is nothing like the delight of watching a movie that you envisioned become reality, and more, to see people laughing, crying, getting emotional with it. Many people have the dream of directing films, but do not know where to start. In this article, I share a simple and widely used way by film professionals to organize a scene shooting.

The close-up is a shot involving the actor mid-chest up. In addition to the intimate tone, this shot put the viewer in touch with the intentions and emotions of the character, it is essential as an alternative when editing. You can shoot it by putting some objects in front of the actor, or filming the actor directly. When another actor is on the same close it is called over-the-shoulder. When deciding, find out if, at that moment in the story, there is something that is connected to the character, if any, put it together in the image. Now, if the scene shows the distance between the character and some object or person, put them in separate close-ups.

This method helps to prevent that, during editing, you discover that a shot that would make a nice difference is missing. With it you will produce enough material to have several creative options when mounting your film. From the short film to the feature, if you are unsure of how to shoot, follow this plan.

The master shot includes the whole environment surrounding the scene. The camera is positioned where it can catch all the action happening in the scene. It is important to have this shot, because at the time of editing, most of the scenes will use it to begin. This shot gives references for the spectator so he does not get lost during the other shots.

After following this plan, the editing will run smoothly, since the editor has enough material to mount the film in various ways until finding one that best convey the story. Part of the directors job is to know that some shots that seemed to be very good, will not fit right in the film and must be set aside. Never see your movie with stubbornness, try to put yourself in the place of a spectator and decide what works best to tell the story.