YOU MAY BE A BRILLIANT ACTOR, BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN A THING IF YOU ARE OUT OF “FOCUS”
“LEARN TO HIT THE MARK”
If you happen to visit a shooting floor,where filming of a movie is taking place, you would notice a person with a measurement tape, measuring the distance between the camera and the actor. He is DOP’s (Director of Photography) assistant, his job is to keep the shot in “FOCUS”. When the shot is being canned, he is not looking through the view finder of the camera, he has to depend entirely on “marks” and “measurements”. Thats why he will measure the actor at every point where he/she is suppose to take a stay during the shot.
When blocking of a scene is done, the director gives moves to the actor. The camera team takes a note of these moves carefully. The camera assistant gives actors fixed marks, where he/she is suppose to take a stay.
While shooting a master shot, the marks can be more then one, marked 1-2-3 starting from the first, when the actor first enters the block to the last where the shot is cut.
Here at location in Nabha, we have an ensemble cast, an actor who has more then 300 films under his belt, there are actors who have some experience in the industry, some are trained actors but have no on job experience and few of them are absolutely raw. All of them togather in a take makes the process of filming quite intriguing. For some these technicalities are like second nature, the newer lot struggles to make these adjustments, some times they are away from the mark, some times they look down to see wether they are on it or not, thus spoiling the take….Then how to go about?
The best way to ‘hit your mark’, which we teach at the KREATING CHARAKTERS we groom actors the Best Acting School In Mumbai, is by using our instinct to associate with spaces. Step on the mark, look at the co-actor or any property around say a sofa, table, pillar etc, close your eyes and mentally note the distances. Then go to the begining point and start again, you will be surprised that you actually are “hitting the mark” consistently. Practice this!!!
ON THE SET YOU WILL SAVE TIME ENERGY AND MONEY AND YES THE CAMERA TEAM WOULD LOVE YOU!!!
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SAMAR JAI SINGH