August 4, 2015 at 5:32PM

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Finding Your Shot While Directing Actors In Rehearsal

Hey Guys,

I wanted to show you how I discover many of my shots while the rehearsal process with my actors. During pre-production of my short film BROKEN, I shot all my rehearsal. I have since done that on every project I direct.

While working at my video store job in high school I was watched a documentary of one of my favorite films “Dracula“, directed my the legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. In the behind the scenes I saw that Mr. Coppola recorded all of his rehearsals, so he could play around with shot ideas. If it worked for The Godfather, it could work for me.

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Interesting idea...

I recently read that Woody Allen NEVER rehearses, which must make for a very lively set if everything is being done for the first time in front of the camera...

http://www.woodyallen.art.pl/eng/wywiad_eng_04.php

( quote from this article below )
On set, there are no rehearsals. Allen simply blocks for camera and shoots. He calls for "emergency acting", as Stiers puts it. "Woody loves the raw, 'sleeves-up', 'ok-here-we- go-let's-go-for-it' style, 'yeah-I-know-the-light's-in-the-wrong-place-but-let's-go-for- it'". He tells the actors on his films that they're "completely unbound by the script, they can adlib as much as they want, they don't have to do it the same way twice".

August 4, 2015 at 6:21PM, Edited August 4, 6:22PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Didn't know that... That's amazing!

August 6, 2015 at 6:25PM

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Alex Richardson
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I did this on my feature (www.dontstoprunning.co.uk) - we spent each rehearsal session (4 hours or so) on a big scene, and by the end I'd been able to figure out some basic blocking and camera positions. I recorded the last run-through of the scene, to remind me of my decisions, and then put each session on my Google drive. Just before filming (a few months later), I could then watch over this with my actors, and we could get back to where we'd been a lot easier. I've done a write-up on that, and a load of other stuff from the film at http://www.dontstoprunning.co.uk/the-making-of/

August 6, 2015 at 6:27PM

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Alex Richardson
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