The Character of a Film Location — How "Friday Night Lights" Created a World

In this video essay, Studio Binder discusses a long-held belief in filmmaking theory on how you can take your directing and filmmaking to the next level by building locations that serve as a character in your movie. This video essay will show you how setting can not only be a character in your movies, but it needs to be. When directing movies, you have to keep everything in mind in filmmaking which includes your film settings.

The Friday Night Lights TV show uses the setting as character. When Pete Berg was directing the original Friday Night Lights movie, he knew this was the case, so he made sure to carry that over into the Friday Night Lights TV show. Filmmaking is all about a collection of decisions, and directing movies requires the director to use film settings as a character.


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Peter Berg