Chapter 5: Directing

Directors coordinate all facets of production to create one cohesive form of art. Their main goal to to tell a story in a way that produces an emotional response. The can manipulate their use of sound, images, transitions, and light to produce various effects. Of course, there are various approaches to the creative process. These aesthetics can be…

Chapter 3: Producing & Production Management

A producer assumes a myriad of roles. They are responsible for drafting a proposal to initiate the project, acquiring funds, hiring personnel, and overseeing the entire production process. The producer establishes continuity throughout the project, ensures that it reaches its target audience and that all financial benefactors are satisfied. Producers act as the cheerleader for…

Chapter 7: Lighting and Design

Lighting is a complex art that directly shapes the overall impressions and emotions created by recorded visual images. The expressive lighting designs fall into three categories: realist, modernist, and postmodernist. The realist approach involves creating the illusion of using a setting’s original light sources. The focus is on recreating reality using artificial lights. Modernist lighting…

Chapter 10: Editing

There are three different approaches to editing: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. Realism offers an authentic flow mimicking real life by maintaining spatial and temporal continuity from shot to shot. The directional glances must be consistent and movements must follow the 180-degree axis rule. Sounds must be synchronous with similar meanings with the featured images. Realist…

Chapter 6: Audio & Sound

The aesthetics of sound fall into three different categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. Realism involves using sound to replicate reality. A modernist approach uses sound to create more abstract feeling, separate from the visual images. Postmodernist audio includes the listener to evoke emotion. Mics are transducers, in that the convert one form of energy into…

Chapter 8: The Camera

When determining how a camera is placed, one must consider four key concepts: essential area, lookspace, walkspace, and headroom. Essential area includes all key information in the shot. Lookspace refers to the room that should be left in the frame to allow space for the subject’s gaze off-screen. Walkspace is the additional space allotted into…

“Side by Side” Reflection

Side by Side chronicles the evolution of film making. Film itself is a 19th century invention. To capture an image on film, light passes through a lens and hits the film behind the lens, causing crystals to react chemically to form a photographic image on the film. The process adds texture and grain structure. Images…