FilmSkills – How to Shoot a Scene Part I – Blocking

FilmSkills - How to Shoot a Scene Part I - Blocking

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The key to successfully shooting a scene for a movie is to block the actors and camera, light the set, rehearse the action, tweak the lighting and set, then shoot the scene. In this video, Hollywood directors, cinematographers, gaffers and camera operators give you dozens of of tips, tricks and techniques for your own productions. This video provides an overview of the blocking process, but for more comprehensive videos, be sure to visit FIlmSkills – the world’s largest online film school.

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  1. Heaven's Disciples Pictures
    April 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

    This is my first time learning about filmmaking. This is great information!

  2. tryanm2014
    April 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Good demonstration. I wished they had taught us blocking in film school.

  3. Sachin Pandit
    April 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Appreciate your efforts, Thanks

  4. shambhu barman
    April 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm #

    FilmSkills – How to Shoot a Scene Part.

  5. David Chalk
    April 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

    Great work!

  6. Anthony Beltran Rivera
    April 15, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    +Timothy McAndrews Hey brotha, I know your workin on a film. Check this vid

  7. Gavin Henry
    April 15, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    Listening to this whilst working, excellent stuff!

  8. Kwasu Dauda
    April 15, 2015 at 12:20 am #

  9. randall paul
    April 15, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    At the studio I prefer the actors to run the blocking so they have it in
    their heads. Saves having the crew hanging round. Then I like the DP to
    come in watch the movements then let him decide on the shots and lighting
    and of course the sound design whether lavs or boom. Everyone is different
    depending on the complexity of the shot or scene. I don’t think now a days
    there is a set rule as to what you should adhere to but at least have a
    foundation to start with then expand or detract. my two sense. Anyway
    good vid Bethany shows flexibility which is so important. I shot around
    300 micro shorts for our students in 18 months that takes organization and
    severe planning and precise work flow. I alway run my actors first.

  10. WideEyedPictures
    April 15, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    I can’t thank groups like yourselves enough for putting so much time and
    effort into such valuable information and making it free and accessible.

  11. Joe Njiki
    April 15, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    God!!! This is great stuff! Thanks a million!

  12. Obili Venkat
    April 15, 2015 at 1:38 am #

  13. silvester Stallone
    April 15, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Love it

  14. Phil Kauffman
    April 15, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    Pardon my ignorance. I fail to understand how this sequence make sense. Why
    would you be planning your shots between blocking and rehearsals? Shouldn’t
    the DP be doing that during blocking? There shouldn’t be anything added in
    during rehearsals save for a few random uncertainties? You can’t adequately
    block a scene without prior knowledge of your camera angles and the spatial
    layout of the surroundings. I don’t know but this video seems to be
    intended for TV Productions or something. It could also be my

  15. Vincent Leverenz
    April 15, 2015 at 2:36 am #

    We Need to Know What You Are Doing Before You Go to Shoot a Scene. Here is
    a great tutorial on some of the processes to follow while filming.

  16. John Burton
    April 15, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    If you switch two letters in “Blain Brown,” you get “Brain Blown.” Hee hee.

  17. Charlie Bury
    April 15, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    Brilliant video, thanks. 

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    April 15, 2015 at 3:43 am #


  19. Fifty Dollar Film School
    April 15, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Excellent, thanks!

  20. Guimmi
    April 15, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    What’s the DP?

  21. pedram shaerzadeh
    April 15, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    Thank you very much 

  22. erica stewart
    April 15, 2015 at 6:02 am #


  23. Paris Holmes Films
    April 15, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    love the book filmmaker skills