Fundamentals of DSLR Filmmaking

 

Lesson Info

Callsheet, Crew, and Sound

So we listed some sound equipment here, right, but it's a lot of, it can be very beneficial to you, especially in your first few jobs, to specifically list out sound equipment, because what we did yesterday, we looked at a bunch of different microphones, we looked at a bunch of different things, so if you're gonna use a poor man's lav, right, that's fine, list it, okay, so I'm gonna use a Tascam DR- with lav mic, I'm gonna use maybe two of those, two of those, right, maybe I need a shotgun microphone, so I'll use my ME and I'll use my ME64, okay, I'm gonna need a windsock, okay, maybe some shock mounts, batteries, cards, okay, list down your sound equipment, again just to check yourself, just to make sure you're not forgetting anything, you see it's a lot of stuff, right, a lot of equipment, a lot of things, a lot of them to cover, alright. What I don't think we always do, okay, call sheet and crew, okay, call sheet is this, it lists the time, talent, location, tells you where you need...

to be, so if I'm gonna be working with multiple people, okay, talent-wise, on the client-side. I'm gonna list the time they need to be there, who it needs to be and where am I gonna meet them, okay, so at nine a.m., I want brother in the office, at 10 a.m., I want sister in the gym, so I keep myself to a schedule, I keep my talent to a schedule, okay, maybe at 11, I'll pull in another person, a trainer, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Outside of the call sheet, you have a crew sheet, 'cause invariably you're gonna probably want some help, but you won't need help all the time, so you build your call sheet, you forget what's gonna happen, right and maybe during the interview on day one, so you go, alright, day one, we have an interview and it's gonna run from nine a.m. all the way through to about one p.m., okay, so I need one camera operator, actually I need two camera operators, one assistant, okay, I say two camera operators, but maybe one of those camera operators is asking the questions, maybe one of those camera operators is just checking me, maybe they're operating sound, they're listening to sound levels, okay, you can do it by yourself, it always helps to have that extra set of hands, okay, especially carrying gear. So your call sheet here for your crew can be nine to one, and I mean, you may not have a crew, you may not have a huge number of people that you're gonna be working with, but even coordinating one to two to three people can be very important, because maybe you only need that assistant for an hour, so show up at 10, so you write down there, show up at or show up at nine or whatever and then the assistant knows, hey, they're done at one, okay. My handwriting got sloppier as we went along, right, but I think like if you look at it, if you really sit down and look at what we did and start thinking about how we started off with the idea we were gonna do a gym corporate profile and then got to the experience and pathway of a new customer and then got into okay, a call sheet and hey, you know, we're gonna do two cameras, we're gonna do these types of shots and I think it really helps manage, us manage the entire project from start to finish in a very, very succinct and organized way, you know, and some people get really crazy with the production folders, they'll color code them, they'll tab them out, all that kind of stuff, I don't get that crazy, but I do keep, you know, I do keep like a folder of documents for a project and then I'll you know, file it away. Victor, can we go back full circle to the beginning of the class and talk about just the importance of video, how video's changing our world, can we kind of just go back to the beginning and talk about why this is important? So... I think that one of the things that I've learned from doing workshops and seminars about video is that we get to this, at the end of the day, the end of the workshop, and we've pushed so hard for three days to get to here, so that we can all understand and I think it's great, because if we would have started with this on day one, you guys wouldn't have understood anything, having been with you for three days, you look at this and go, "Okay, that makes sense," and I love that, I love that there's so much recognition now on your faces, when I talk about certain things, that's what's cool, but if we were to get into a time machine and go back to the first day, I'm not a fan of saying you've gotta get into video, because your competition's getting into video, you've gotta get into video, because you're missing out on an opportunity, our industry's changing, it has changed and for us to look at video and to look at capturing motion, I mean, we've seen all of the opportunities, we've looked at all the opportunities, experienced all the opportunities and I don't want you to look at these boards and if you've just joined us for this last segment, I don't want you to look at this and go, "Oh my gosh, I missed out on so much "and I gotta learn all this," it's not about that, it's about getting your camera, putting it onto a support device, right, thinking of something stupid and silly to capture and starting here, that's all it is, right. I started here, four years ago, I started right here, actually I didn't start right there, I kind of started right here, right, but the thing is, if you do your diligence and if you stay committed to the cause and you push hard and you learn and you work at finding some of the things that make it work for you, you're gonna go from this into this and it's gonna be a wonderful transition and once you've done it, your gonna be so much better off, because you're not only gonna enjoy watching movies that much more, you're gonna learn from watching these, I was watching The Wolf of Wall Street or Wolf on Wall Street and some of the stuff they did was amazing, I was like, oh, that's really cool, you know, and there was this one shot, where the camera in the middle of the movie is just flying over all of these tables and I was thinking about the four or five different ways they could have done that, based on the framing and how that shot happened, you know, there's no way you can start to think like that, unless you start doing production and then when you start doing production, you start watching Hollywood, you start watching other people work, you start to dissect how they do shots and you start to go, oh, okay, you know what, I'm gonna do that next time, that's really cool, right, and so it all starts with this, guys, 24 frames a second, 1080, 15th of a second, set the aperture, custom white balancing using a light meter, viewfinder, okay, that's it, you know. And then when you don't have access to this, use one of these, alright, I mean, I went to the first Star, I'm such a tourist today, I was such a tourist yesterday, I went to the first ever Starbucks in Seattle and I made a stupid little video, because hey, I'm challenging you guys to make videos, therefore I'm challenging myself to make videos, because I wanna practice what I preach and I wanna share in the community that I'm starting to create about doing this sort of stuff.


If you own a DSLR camera, you already own a powerful filmmaking tool. Ready to learn how to use it? Join CreativeLive and Victor Ha for course that will cover the core principles of capturing video with your DSLR.

Through hands-on demos - including how to create compelling video interviews - Victor will guide you through the core techniques of DSLR filmmaking. You’ll learn how to apply the compositional skills of still photography to taking video. You’ll also learn about how to navigate the video-capturing features of your DSLR, choose the right gear for your filmmaking needs, and incorporate audio into your shoots. From framing shots to producing simple projects to spatial relationships, the skills you gain in this course will leave you ready and inspired to create high-quality, engaging film projects.

 
 
 
 

Reviews

  • <p>This course was quite a treat! I had been learning piecemeal about DSLR Filmmaking but never had the opportunity to follow a course that ties it all together. And my namesake Victor is ex-cel-lent!!! Fundamentals of DSLR Filmmaking is a very very clear (I would almost say, lucid!), carefully, comprehensively tied together course teaching all you need and wanted to know about DSLR Filmmaking. Massive PLUS is that the course is first and before all NOT about the nitty-gritty technical details and numbers, but all about the basics of what filmmaking REALLY is all about. And yes, technique and gear are part of that but not for their own sake. And Victor shares that it&#39;s all about fun, and telling your story your way in the way that you like.</p> <p>I truly admire Victor&#39;s carefully planned and laid out path, in my opinion he planned the course exactly and meticulously like he would a full-blown movie production. And he is very open and honest and not belittling at all. He is really passionate, compassionate and &#39;infectious&#39; with his happy happy mood :-)!</p> <p>I HIGHLY recommend this course for anyone wanting to properly and thoroughly learn the ins and outs of filmmaking, with a strong focus on using a DSLR.</p>
  • This is a very well constructed course by Victor Ha, who is very easy to watch, and very knowledgeable about using the DSLR for more than just taking pictures. For a Wedding Photographer like me, who wants to add some moving images into a slideshow for my client, this course was perfect. Victor shows us that, with the equipment you already own as a working professional photographer, you can get started into video RIGHT NOW, with baby steps. This is not a course on video editing, so if you need that tuition look elsewhere, BUT, Victor shows us how to set our cameras up for success right from the start, so that when we are at the editing stage, the footage is in the perfect state possible to produce excellently exposed, perfectly colour balanced material. He goes over the use of a light meter for capturing video, and how essential it is to get the exposure right 'in camera', so this is certainly a Fundamental DSLR Filmmaking course, for anyone who is already using their DSLR for stills, but who is interested in adding something else to their skill set. Victor is so enthusiastic in his teaching style, and this is a course I will keep coming back to time after time.
  • <p>Excellent overview on how to think as a storyteller with DSLR video. Great breakdown and really accessible examples- fun video on the making of a peanut butter sandwich- which inspire and make it feel like the video beast can be conquered. This course is packed with great ideas on not only figuring out to how to make the switch from still to motion, but also creative inspiration on how to begin thinking cinematically. Well worth the price. Great course! </p>