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In Episode 7 we cover:

  • Why to schedule some of your simpler scenes on day one
  • Scheduling using a simple rule of thumb: one camera setup is 20 minutes
  • What's in a Call Sheet
  • Lighting for 360 with the aid of small Quasar lights and Philips Hue Wi-Fi bulbs
  • Directing actors: giving them history, motivations, and objectives; making physical adjustments and giving notes privately
  • Doing a "series" without calling cut and just going back to one
  • Maintaining crew morale and taking care of yourself 

….and more.

Thank you to the Panavision New Filmmaker Program, SonyG-Technology, and Vision Research for their help in providing equipment on the film.

If you have questions about the making of the Netflix Original Film Amateur — or about your own feature project — you can ask me at or find me on twitter @ryanbkoo.

Here's the trailer for the feature AmateurWatch it now on Netflix!

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