One of the best things about the film and video industry, is that there are so many free and cheap recourses on the internet. All you have to do is look. One thing I love to do is watch the on-set behind the scenes, or “BTS,” footage of upcoming movies. It’s a great way to learn from watching the pros work. It’s crazy to think about how much goes into a movie. Acting, Directing, Producing, Lighting, Wardrobe, Props, Location Scouting, Extras….the list is nearly endless. Watching these “on-set” videos is a great way to learn your craft.
Whatever specific job you want, just look into what all of it entails in just a simple scene. If you’re an aspiring AC (assistant cameraman), watch the focus puller. Does he look at the talent, or the monitor primarily? Does he even have a monitor, or just rely on the distance meters? Watch the director, does he constantly interveen during a scene, or does he let it play out naturally. How much freedom do the actors get on improv in a dialogue scene?
There is tons of tips that can be found just by watching these BTS clips. Below is on-set footage from the new Harry Potter. Watch and enjoy.
Green Lantern BTS on-set footage.
Friends with Benifits BTS.
Water for Elephants BTS.