The rules of controlled action filming are that there are no rules or limits
to what can be created through your own imagination and efforts.
matter how brilliant your ideas may be, you will always need a plan from which to
build your production.
Learning Event 2: PLAN A PRODUCTION
Categories of style.
Generally, there are two styles of filming; fantasy and
a. Fantasy is the product of imagination, and in book form it would be called
b. Factual film depicts events or activities that did, or do, take place.
(1) Films can be instructional, training or showing "how-to-do-it".
can also be documentaries - factual stories on people, places or things.
(2) A second type of factual style would be historical films, which are
renderings or reconstructions of certain eras or events.
Preplanning your production.
As with most endeavors, filming controlled
action is only as good as the planning that goes into the effort. A great deal of
time and money can be wasted if a person tries to complete a task without first
planning how he or she will accomplish it.
Generally, the more planning that is
done before starting a task, the faster and more efficient will be the final
a shooting outline, notifying team members, assembling equipment, coordinating with
other agencies that may be involved with the mission, contacting the public affairs
office if necessary, and ordering transportation.
b. As part of your preplanning you will want to find out if there are any
special or abnormal situations that may cause problems with filming or taping.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that climatic extremes can pose technical
problems for the operator and his equipment. You may be stationed at a post where
the temperature is 70 degrees and the sun is shining, but where you are going the
temperature is 10 degrees and snow is falling. It is up to you to ensure that you
and your equipment are prepared for any climatic extremes at the area you will be