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How a Live Musical is Directed for Television

Assistant Director Carrie Havel calls out the cameras in this behind the scenes peak at what goes on in the director’s booth on “Grease Live” (click on the image to see the video)

Directign-Grease

A lot of people have asked what it means to be the Associate Director on a show like Grease Live. Here’s a peek behind the curtain. Every shot in the show was designed and scripted by our director Alex Rudzinski. My job was to execute that plan. You hear me calling shot numbers and camera moves carefully coordinated with the music. My head stays in the script and Alex, to my right, keeps an eye on cameras to adjust framing and pacing.

Posted by Carrie Havel on Monday, February 1, 2016

Oscar Ballot Guide -­ Animation Character Design -­ Variety Artisans

What goes into designing an animated character you’ll love watching for an hour and a half — and remember forever. We hear from three of this year’s contenders, Albert Lozano from Pixar, Nick Bruno and Scott Carroll from Blue Sky, and character sculptor Carol Koch of “Anomalisa,” along with David Vandervoort of Laika (“Paranorman,” “The Boxtrolls”) and Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander (“Rango”) to reveal the secrets of character design.

Shaun of the Sheep

Focusing on Depth of Field and Lens Equivalency – a Filmmaker IQ Lesson!!!

How much space in front of the lens will be in focus? That question defines Depth of Field – but this simple concept has lead to a staggering amount of confusion in today’s multi-format camera environment. Through some fundamental scientific demonstrations, we will clarify concepts like circle of confusion and lens equivalency.

For fundamentals make sure you check out:

The History and Science of Lenses

The Properties of Camera Lenses

Depth of Field

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