Director Guidelines for Working on the Set – Part 2

by Peter D. Marshall

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1.  movement toward camera is powerful (actor takes over)

2.  movement away from camera (actor’s presence is diminished)

3. remember that the audience will accept most things seen on the screen as important, even if it makes little sense – because if it’s there, it must be for a good reason

5. the pace, or tempo, of an average scene must be slightly faster than real life (heighten reality)

6. when the camera moves, it becomes a participant rather than a spectator in the action

7. your locations are important because they reflect the characters who inhabit it

8. try to create fluidity in your shots and eliminate as many static shots and scenes as much as possible

9. you should know what scenes to shoot quickly and which scenes you want to spend time on

10. work the theme into everything in the film

11. find the important beats and moments in a scene and then concentrate on them

12. always  ask questions: “Why / What does it mean / What is it for / Does it progress the story”

13. try and simplify the dialogue whenever you can (what isn’t said is sometimes more powerful than what is said)

14. any character in the script that is worth keeping is worth developing

15. allow the smaller roles to have unique bits of action or offbeat remarks

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