Author: Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier has taught film and video production at Hunter College for more than a decade. He works professionally in both film and video as a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor.

Posts by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier:


The Key Stages of Script Development


There are a number of stages in the evolution of a screenplay, and each stage usually requires various drafts. Each stage has a specific purpose as you proceed, step-by-step, from a general outline of your story to a script that contains the full dimensions of your film, including locations, actions, dialogue, sounds, movements, etc. This…

Figure 4-20 Three ways to reverse the screen direction of a subject while maintaining the feeling of forward progress. From shot a (moving screen right); changing direction within a shot (b1); cutting to a neutral shot (b2); or using another character's POV shot (b3 and b4) will allow us to continue the journey toward screen left (c).

Changing Stage Direction – 3 Simple Ways


Maintaining only one screen direction over the course of a longer traveling sequence can get somewhat monotonous for a viewer. It’s easily possible to change screen direction (i.e., the axis of action) and still maintain the feel of a character’s progress toward the destination. Below shows three simple ways we can change screen direction for…

Film Shots in Your Film

Six Shot List Considerations


A shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer). The shot list is the first step in the larger task of scheduling the production, and the principal factor in organizing the shot list is efficiency. The considerations determining the organization of our shots, in more-or-less descending order of…

Narrative Film, Directing a Film

A Director’s Take on Retakes


After a take, the director first checks with camera and sound for confirmation. If there was a technical problem, it must be communicated to the director at this point so that he or she can determine if a retake is needed. Camera: If the camera lost focus, or bobbled in the middle of the shot,…

Choosing your actors

Things to Avoid When Casting a Film


For very simple projects and film exercises, we often write a script for someone we know or we simply cast a friend (or a friend of a friend) or someone else who seems handy to play a part. This practice is fine. You certainly don’t need to go through an elaborate audition process for a…

Film storytelling

Learn Filmmaking One Useful Technique at a Time


The boon and the burden of the digital revolution is the remarkable ease with which we can manipulate sound and image. The best way to approach your film production software is to learn the basic functions first, the essential tools. Learn how to choose the shots you want, how to perform cuts and make a…

Art directors are essential

The Art of Pillow Placement


Art direction is all too often overlooked in low-budget and student films. Many filmmakers just starting out recognize the importance of scriptwriting, directing actors, cinematography, and editing as essential creative elements, but often reduce the process of art direction to a purely utilitarian function. The art direction of a film, the look of the environment…

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