Learning Event 1:
PREPARE TO FILM CONTROLLED ACTION
As the name implies, in controlled action photography, while working from a
carefully developed script, you control all aspects of the production, including
the actors and their actions. If the actors have lines to speak, the dialogue is
in the script; if the action is described by a narrator, the narrator's lines are
in the script. Examples of controlled action film include training films, portions
Essentially a motion picture is another medium for telling a story. One can
compare the camera to a typewriter.
Each is a simple tool by which the
cinematographer or author expresses himself. Many people consider motion pictures
to be merely a form of photographic medium, but it is a narrative one also.
a. Basic photographic techniques include the technique of storytelling.
ensure that every film story has the required elements of story construction;
central theme, introduction, buildup, climax, and ending, it is advisable that an
outline be prepared.
b. Scripts, as outlines are called, vary considerably in content and degree
The script is the blueprint of the production and to make your job
easier, as well as ensure a smooth production, it should be carefully and
c. Depending on the size of the production company, there may be from 5 to 25
people on the set, not including actors. The military crews usually have from four
to eight. On a small production set the camera crew may consist only of a director
and a camera operator.
Types of military productions suitable for controlled action filming may be
shot on film or video tape and may be of any length, from three minutes to one
Training films are usually developed to assist soldiers to improve
performance of critical tasks such as:
New equipment operation
Common tasks for all soldiers
Joint Optical Information Network (JOIN).
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command
uses controlled action film scripts to show candidates the type of work each
military occupational specialty (MOS) offers in training and duty opportunities.
These productions are normally 3 to 6 minutes in length.