Week 5: Techniques and solutions- Winter Project

In this week I will talk about my problems and solutions.

  • Introduction

During the last few weeks we have been learning on how to move positions of camera’s , seeing how great filmmakers use their skills for making a groundbreaking sequences and learning more so in how to edit and experimenting with camera’s whilst shooting interviews and other practises.

We were assigned to make a clip of a camera movement and here is what I edited.

Entitled Mystery Girl


  • Movement

When we were having fun playing around with the camera’s and so forth i was observing how to position the camera in how to make each scene authentic while making a story especially in the editing process.

The People

Movement with characters in one sequence  is strong key of explaining story as such as the postion of the camera. because characters guide the story on where their actions may occur etc.


In this image up above comes from a french tv series entitled Camera Cafe in which a hidden camera is settled upon a coffee machine. The entire series has the same position, location and position. It it relied heavily on script and character movements. And no VFX.


This scene however is a different scenario.as this scene comes from a feature film from a film called Cure ( 1997) directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. But with feature length films. There is way more hard work on where to position camera’s and so forth.


  • Nature and Weather

When shooting on location it is important that the weather suits the visual standard in what the director wants to provide.

If for example you need a scene  involving rain then either that the crew and team find a location suitable for the scene involving it’s theme at a place where rain occurs quite often or it is best to find equipment like showers to be used in that scene so that on camera it looks believable.


Wind distracting camera’s

A ot of the time when its windy you often find that when using a camera whilst recording. the sound of the footage is lot’s of banging wind and can realy distract on what is going on in a scene. Sometimes when you are providing a scene involving 2 people, it is best that you use a recording room to catch the voices of the actors while saying the dialogue of that scene.


As with recent films like the Revenant and The Hateful Eight . Snow ( like rain ) can distract or provide exactly what the director of the feature needs. And if there is no snow located on where you want to shoot a particular scene then it’s up to the film crew to buy fake snow to use of the film.


  • Storyboard techniques


I am experimenting my ideas in a project i am scruffing around with while drawing storyboards instead of writing screenplays.

Storyboards are essential when it comes to making the movie. Especially the action genre movies. You need to explain every single scene on how it should look by drawing one. It clearly dosen’t matter if you d not know how to draw just as long as you know where the camera is positioned and what the scene should look like.

Influences of Cinema.

This week we have been shown certain skills of a very famous filmmaker … Akira Kurosawa.


Akira Kurosawa was a highly celebrated Japanese filmmaker born on March 23, 1910 and died on September 6th 1998.

He directed 30 films and was regarded as one the most influential directors of all time.

What we learnt during this week’s course is that like the movement of characters in movie shots , Kurosawa was also a master of composition.( And Samurai films).


Every frame and every shot he provides has been examined and researched upon for ages to get the scene authentic as possible.

Kurosawa solid way of filmmaking brings belivability to it’s characters which is also why films feel more violent and grim than modern day movies as he builds a string of nuanced tension and build up.

And according to fellow directors such as Sidney Lumet and Robert Altman, nobody directs quite like Akira Kurosawa.

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Week 5: Techniques and solutions- Winter Project

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