4 Lessons for Even the Most Seasoned Directors

4 Lessons for Even the Most Seasoned Directors


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Hi Peter, Thanks for a well written article. As someone who has been a director and editor for over 25 years, I thought I would share a few things about what has worked best for me. 

1. Storyboards - Usually I prefer to  place my shots in writing on the left column of a 2 comumn script. That allows me to quickly visualize the shots without needing the time to draw a storyboard. (Not to mention, my stick figures are not very impressive).

2.  Shot List - From that point I create a shot list that includes every shot I plan on getting. The I take that list and create a shooting order. This helps me plan the day, and also get the crew ready for the next shot, so we keep moving throughout the day. I've never missed a shot using this technique.

I totally agree on having the actors or my crew contribute their ideas. It helps morale and brings everyone together as one team! It's never my way or the highway.

I'm not quite sure I would use my iPhone as the only camera. Athough it does shoot very nice video. I may use it as a secnd camera or angle. We usually have a Camera operator and myself as the director, unless there's a reason to add more people. That's a very small simple shoot with professional results. Keep in mind we shoot mostly corporate, business, and medical videos. Short films may present different needs.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

Greg Ball, President

Ball Media Innovations, Inc.