“How to Shoot Anthony Hopkins (and more)” with Tony Pierce-Roberts syllabus

How to Shoot Anthony Hopkins (and more) with Tony Pierce-Roberts


Day One – Pre Production


Part 1: A Brief Outline of my Career

  • Background, training and experience


Part 2: Getting the call


Part 3: Type of project

  • Commercials
  • Feature Film
  • Documentaries
  • Music Videos
  • Creating Websites


Part 4: Reading the Script (and breaking it down)


Part 5: Collaborators

  • Agents (love them or hate them)
  • Crew
  • Other Department Heads and their assistants

Part 6: Unions

  • Non union work esp. in the United States

Part 7: The Director

  • What kind of relationship is established
  • DP Director collaboration

Part 8: Starting to be Creative 

  • Location scouting  
  • Planning shots on location and use of directors finder
  • Discussions with the Director regarding “The look” of the film
  • Collecting data from all other departments
  • Film or Digital
  • The myriad of formats now available

Part 9: Equipment Choices

  • Cameras
  • Lenses
  • Useful personal equipment
  • Filters
  • Lighting

Part 10: Crewing

  • To camera operate or not
  • Advantages and disadvantages of both methods
  • Multicamera usage

Part 11: Hours and Conditions

  • Differences between UK and US on working practices etc
  • Importance of Visas


Day Two – Shooting

Part one: Studio and Location Work


Part two: Testing

  • No such thing as ”just a test”
  • Production of Luts
  • Film rushes ( one light or graded)

Part three: High Speed

  • The use of high speed in filming explosions
  • Use in MIP films

Part four: Filming

  • Pre lighting
  • Use of DIT on Digital Productions
  • Video Village

Part five: Lighting

  • Budget
  • Discussions on different light sources and ancillary equipment
  • Approach to location lighting
  • Approach to set lighting
  • Use of Balloons, Wendy lights etc

Part six: Composition

  • How composition varies with different aspect ratios

Part seven: Working with Actors (and Stand Ins)

Part eight: Post Production

  • Difference between Film and Digital grading


Part nine: Case Studies


  • Remains of the Day
  • Bear Sequence from White Fang
  • Room with a View
  • Disclosure (discussions regarding Translights)
  • The Trench
  • The Dark Half
  • Mudbound

Part ten: Review of Students Work