I’m a big David F. Sandberg fan. His direction on “Shazam!” was exactly the light hearted and self aware push DC superhero films needed. However, what I admire most about Sandberg is his humble beginnings.
He spent most of his career shooting no-budget short films with his wife, Lotta Losten, and releasing them on YouTube. Now, despite having a successful Hollywood career, Sandberg still frequently releases no-budget short films and video essays on YouTube.
Sandberg’s latest video breaks down Robert Zemeckis’ many moving master shots. Zemeckis is the visionary director behind “Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away” and many more. The director is a big fan of shooting a moving master to increase the amount of coverage in every set up. Sandberg explains how with big budget productions, each new camera placement may take hours to set up. Moving masters cuts down that time significantly.
Sandberg also analyzes both the triumphs and pitfalls that come with shooting “oners,” which are basically moving masters you never cut away from. One of the things I love about Sandberg’s videos is that he routinely gives you directors commentary on his own Hollywood films. To see a Hollywood director who’s also a video essayist is a rarity.