Monday, October 20, 2008

tae kwan do

Lou is doing some great work on his current assignment. I usually don't come out and sing praises, but the prep work he's doing is great. All the acting choices at this point are very considered and feel really clear.

Being rigorous at the blocking stage - I really can't stress the importance of it. One thing I want to mention is framing your shot. Lou's acting choices are very considered, but this has a long way to go in being a piece of entertainment. I've approved it thus far, as the acting in the main character is entertaining. A piece like this however, demands a context. Right now this feels like a cut from a movie and a complete enough piece of dialogue to hold it's own. Things to think about in a shot like this are questions like.

  • is it worth showing 2 characters interacting. The reaction of another character really amps up the main character's performance.
  • FRAMING. Go to the movie screenshot blog and spend some time. Study how the great ones frame their shot. 16x9 or wider is great, but it also presents some compositional challenges.
  • Are you showing too much or too little of your character. I like the layout of these shots, but I start to wonder why the character isn't moving around more in the space. Quick solution...zoom in. If your character doesn't have any weight shifts it's a medium shot, either move that character around a bit, or zoom in for more of an intimate shot.
I did some quick frame markings to show what would happen if you just zoom in...the character is still prominent in the frame, going with the show as much as you need strategy. This piece feels like the character is talking to the camera, or just slight of it.

I grabbed some screenshots from the movie screenshot blog to show some over the shoulder shots and framing solutions.

Again...this is a really rough smattering of shots I've found, but really pay attention how your characters are framed on set. Think about how far the camera is from them.

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