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Scene Analysis

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Learn from reverse engineering
  2. The dramatic curve is a fractal
  3. To build a shot list, know the material

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SUMMARY

  • By breaking down a scene from a movie into shots and examining what framing and angles were used, we can teach ourselves the art of directing.
  • The dramatic curve can not only be seen in the context of the entire movie but also in subsets of the film in scenes or sequences of scenes.
  • The director must understand the emotional content of the material to build a shot list and construct a plan for shooting a scene.
MEDIA
LESSON
Shot Vocabulary
Descriptions of shot vocabulary.
Creating your Shot List
How to approach creating your shot list from a script, creating the first visualization
Scene Analysis
An analysis of a scene from "A Fistful of Dollars".
The Directors Plan
The director's plan for covering the emotional content and action in the scene without shooting unnecessary footage.
The Hierarchy of Edits
Taking shot transitions into account when shot planning, providing the editor with opportunities to create invisible edits.