Working With Actors as a Director: Preparing your Shooting Script

Working With Actors as a Director: Preparing your Shooting Script

You may create mood boards to show your DP what look you want for your film. You may play music or movie clips for your editor to convey the feeling you're looking for. When working with actors as a director, how do you prepare? What can you convey to them to help communicate your vision?

Frank discusses his method based on his training with the esteemed directing/acting teacher Lenore DeKoven.

Framing and Composition Cinematography: Going Beyond the 1/3 Rule

Framing and Composition Cinematography: Going Beyond the 1/3 Rule

Most videos on framing and composition in cinematography focus on the 1/3 rule. But the creative art world has thousands of years of experience playing with composition. Let's learn how they use symmetrical and asymmetrical balance, shapes like the circle, triangle, L, and others to guide the viewer's' focus and create a feeling with shots for their story.

Capturing Steam on Video & Other Lighting Tips

Capturing Steam on Video & Other Lighting Tips

We’re going to show you some lighting tips and tricks you can use on any shoot, like making steam actually show up, using lensers and black wrap. If you shoot food videos, you’re going to love this.
Over time, you learn certain tricks of the trade that stay with you and become habits but they’re not always taught I’ve found because, well, they’re habits. You just do them, you don’t think about them. I’ve collected a few here for you.

Hyperfocal Distance Focusing and Depth of Field Tricks

Hyperfocal Distance Focusing and Depth of Field Tricks

So focusing on a person or object isn’t that hard. You zoom in or use magnify, adjust focus, and then zoom back out. They’re in focus. But what if your subject moves in place or you have two subjects in the frame? What do you do? Can Hyperfocal distance help?

Frank explores focusing, depth of field, near and far focus, hearts on some sweat bokeh background, and shows you how to find the hyperfocal distance via charts but also without then when you're on location.