Camera Blocking With NCIS Director

NCIS Executive Producer/Director Mark Horowitz help us with the camera blocking on
a dramatic scene by Nikhil Kamkolkar. Mark shows how to properly understand the
characters before designing the camera work, resulting in deeper and more
meaningful camera angles. Nikhil Kamkolkar is a New York-based Director behind
films such as Leaving Priyanka and Indian Cowboy. Mark previously produced Doogie
Howser, M.D. and JAG.

Camera Blocking With NCIS Director

NCIS Executive Producer/Director Mark Horowitz help us with the camera blocking on a dramatic scene by Nikhil Kamkolkar. Mark shows how to properly understand the characters before designing the camera work, resulting in deeper and more meaningful camera angles. Nikhil Kamkolkar is a New York-based Director behind films such as Leaving Priyanka and Indian Cowboy. Mark previously produced Doogie Howser, M.D. and JAG.

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EPISODE LINKS

Download Script PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mswgpyj9kjz9hab/Holden-SceneBlocking-Extract.pdf?dl=0

Download Initial Storyboards: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gjww6e5u62o6tw/HOLDEN%20-%20Blocking%20and%20Framing%20Ideas.pdf?dl=0

Mark Horowitz IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395317/

Nikhil Kamkolkar IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004667/

Episode Outline

0:00 - Intro
2:11 - Hello Mark and Nikhil
3:06 - Mark's approach
4:46 - Explaining the scene
5:37 - Reveal the big reveal?
7:37 - Mark's process
11:29 - What character can be physically expressed?
13:17 - Character movement
17:40 - Jane's journey
20:01 - Framing the characters
22:24 - Jane's motivation/emotion
25:48 - Holden's motivation/emotion
27:33 - Something major happens
29:21 - High or low ambition?
35:44 - Quick geography
40:55 - Scene opening
51:05 - How do they face each other?
53:42 - Line crosses
56:00 - First cameras
1:00:12 - When do they face each other?
1:03:34 - Returning to the kitchen?
1:07:33 - New angles on the characters
1:11:42 - The confrontation
1:19:53 - Change the side of the line
1:23:39 - Cross-cutting monologue?
1:27:27 - Ending reveal
1:29:58 - Putting in all cameras
1:50:20 - NCIS question
1:54:22 - Wrapping up
1:58:38 - Final thoughts

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