Film blocking is arguably one of the most important things a Director must do on set. Think of it as a carefully choreographed dance where the camera and subject move together in harmony. In this post, we’ll explore how the film blocking techniques of Buster Keaton inspired modern directors like Wes Anderson and how they apply to our own work.
1. Action over dialogue.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Dr. No (1962)
2. Camera placement defines the scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Protector (2005)
Old Boy (2003)
3. Create unique rules for the world.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
If you’d like to learn more about how to use visuals to create more impactful scenes, check out our article on How to Create a Powerful Opening Shot.
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