One of the most important parts of directing is the process of breaking down the script’s dramatic building blocks. Here’s how to develop story beats.
When it comes to tackling sensitive subject matter, “Context is everything,” says No Alternative director William Dickerson.
A proof-of-concept is a scene from your feature film script, shot and fashioned into a short, to provide an example of the writing, directing and cinematography that will go into the feature.
Microbudget director William Dickerson (Detour, The Mirror, Shadowbox) doesn’t believe in the traditional mandate to get as much as coverage as possible. But while this strategy often serves him well on his low-budget quick shoots, it ran him into trouble on his latest feature, Don’t Look Back, when producers asked him to turn a one-shot scene into a sequence with cuts. How did he pull it off?