How a Director Stages and Blocks a Scene

How a director stages a scene dramatically affects the story – in this experiment at YouTube Space LA, we take a boilerplate police detective script and shoot it five ways with five different types of blocking to demonstrate how direction and acting can really change the feel of a scene.

This experiment will take the exact same script shooting the scene using standard over the shoulder back and forth – advanced over the shoulder with business, a One Take shot, a Romantic comedy blocking and a Zucker Brothers style comedy.

Cast:
Leads: Emily Sandifer, TJ Dalrymple

Background:
Thurman Dalrymple, Tim Jenkins, AJ Perkins, Mitchell Aguirre, Seth Eli Vidro

AD
Joseph Nemie,

Camera
Chris Culp

Assistant Camera and Sound
Ed Aguiree, Bryan Aguirre

Craft
Susan Perkins

Directed and Edited by John P. Hess