Before you begin filming it is a good idea to think about different camera angles and shots that you could use to best effect in your film.
This short video was created by IADT Film Dept. student, Ian Burke and gives a good insight into angles and shots and when to use them.
Below is a diagram of all different shots you could use.
Continuity is also very important in film. Without continuity the story can become difficult to follow. This involves paying close attention to the position of objects, characters, lighting, and keeping notes of what is happening in each shot. This helps to prevent errors in the story. For example, if a character is wearing a hat in one shot, then good continuity means she or he is still wearing the hat in the next shot of the scene. Here is a Continuity video made by IADT student Ian Burke.
By now you will have made decisions about where to shoot your film, maybe you’ve created a set at home or in your garden. You have decided what costumes your cast will wear and now need to decide what camera angles or shots best suit the scenes you are going to shoot. Write these on your storyboard & have the script and storyboard close to hand so you don’t wander off course! Do some practice runs/rehearsals to get used to filming and acting, etc. Remember the golden rule – KISS – Keep It Short and Simple. It’s not a feature film you are making!
You will need to know a little bit about recording good quality audio so tomorrow’s blog, #4 – Sounds Great for film-making will guide you through that. See you then!