my group and I recently did a project where we recorded a conversation and then had to turn that recording into a script so that we could get a feel for what natural dialogue would look like. Now we have been tasked with studying how blocking works and shooting our script and to focus on how to block it.
Terms and Concepts
Block – determining where the actors will be on the set and the first camera position (Blocking a scene is simply “working out the details of an actor’s moves in relation to the camera.)
Light – time for the DOP to light the set and position the camera for the first shot
Rehearse – camera rehearsal of the first set-up with the actors and crew
Adjustments – making lighting and other adjustments
Shoot – shooting the first scene (then repeat the process)
map-it gives you a path to your destination but you don’t always have to follow it
Where the camera is placed is determined primarily by what is important in the scene.
a strong movement of a figure is one rising from a chair, straightening up, placing weight on the forward foot, raising the arm, or walking forward. A weak movement, on the other hand, is stepping backward, slouching, placing the weight on the rear foot, sitting down, lowering the arm, walking backward, or turning around and walking away from a figure or object.
The biggest thing that I learned from this project was what a natural conversation looks like in context to writhing a screenplay. though no technical problems came up I did have a problem choosing what minuet of the conversation to use. The way that I solved this is I broke down the recording into blocks and they use the section that had the biggest mix of everyones voices because to me having a good mix of everyone was the most important thing to make the conversation seem natural.