My Method of Working Part 9

In addition to what I wrote yesterday about what I wanted to do for the rest of semester, I would also like to do some of the shooting exercises we have been doing, but maybe explore the methodologies of other directors I have been researching. For instance, I could try out Nicholas Winding Refn’s style of roughly planning out a scene in drawings on index cards in preparation for the shoot. Then, in collaboration with my actors, I could film the scene without a script, experimenting with the camera shots I think will work best with the character action… or something along those lines anyway.

I have also been thinking about whether or not I want to worry about lighting in my scene. The positive side of using artificial lighting is that it will make the scene I create look far more ‘professional’ (if utilised adequately). It can also help to evoke a certain tone to the scene. For instance, soft lighting (using a three point lighting system) can create a more glossy, romantic feel in comparison to a chiaroscuro lighting effect which employs harsh shadows and silhouettes. I would like to learn how to set up these lighting systems because I don’t have much experience in this area. However, ultimately this course is about how we can cover a scene using a camera. Thus, I am still unsure if I want to focus on lighting as well, because I feel like this could take away from the main point of this course which is to research the concept of camera coverage.

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