Directorial Teaching

We had Adam Robertson in this afternoon who taught our team a little more about directors notes and where things could be captured which was extremely useful for myself handling camera operation and cinematography. He started by going through how to approach actors which wasn’t useful for my category but then moved onto doing an demonstration with another groups script, showing the difference the level the camera is can impact a film. For example:

Having the camera move about the actors, in a Birdseye view it makes the character focused on very fall and give a sense of weakness. And vis-versa, if the camera is beneath a character and is looking up on them, it will make the character seem more powerful.

These simple lessons are definitely going to be useful for when we shoot the argument scene between the Dad and Son in the kitchen of our short.


Petrie, Duncan (2000) Scotland on Screen, London, BFI