The Shot List: Director Mario J. Novoa on The Baby Cries
The Shot List
As much as you prepare your shot list, diagrams and storyboards, the challenge is to make changes that enhance your original concepts. During rehearsals you find the rhythm with the actors and the environment. Director of Photography Dan Cotreau and I worked for weeks to build the right list and make sure we captured the best performances. Sometimes that list worked and sometimes if didn't, so we improvised based on how the actors owned their environment Shooting 14 pages in one day was incredibly difficult, but the preparation made all the difference. Designing the shots and lighting helped a great deal, and made the experience the most enjoyable experience I've ever had as a director.