Short Filmmakers guide to Filming and Production

Production is the actual filming process.
Calling the shots
Following a standard sequence will help keep things organised and make sure that everybody knows what they are doing.
Each team should practise this several times until they know it by heart before they go on location. Try this: The camera operator sets up the shot.
When it’s ready, the Director calls out “Quiet
please”. When everyone’s quiet, they call out “Roll
camera”. The Camera Operator starts the camera. When they’re sure it’s recording they call out “Camera rolling”.
Now the Director waits for five seconds before
calling “Action” or giving a visual signal.The actors or presenter do their part. The Director waits for five seconds at the end of the scene before saying “Cut”. The camera operator stops the camera.
The Director makes a note of whether the take
was good or not.
For children who are filming on their own, you can make it much simpler:
Set the shot up.
Start filming.
Count ‘one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi, five Mississippi’ and then give the signal to start acting or presenting.
At the end of the scene, do the Mississippi
count again then stop filming.
If they’re filming a shot of a thing (without actors) they just need to make sure it’s at least ten Mississippi long.
Filming
Older children can follow the 180-degree rule, keeping the camera on one side of an imaginary line so that the shots will join together when they edit the film.If you’ve only got one camera and you’re filming a dialogue scene shot reverse shot, that’s no problem. Shoot the scene several times with different framing and camera positions, then alternate between them when you edit the film.
They should make sure they don’t shoot into the light and try to avoid mixing different kinds of light.
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