Production, Uncategorized

Production Day Two

Unfortunately, the second day of filming didn’t go as well as the first. We were scheduled to meet and begin filming at 9:30am however we couldn’t find a crew member who could begin filming at this time. On short notice, we found someone who could start filming at 11:30am so already we had lost 2 hours of filming time which I found very alarming.

One of our actors was then delayed so we didn’t actually begin filming until 1pm. Thankfully my crew was extremely co-operative so we were able to film most of what we needed in this time. In the rush, I did forget to film some pivotal shots so it is going to be a challenge now to see how I can recover from these missing shots.

I did catch a bit of luck when filming because we had a spare camera and tripod so this allowed us to have two set ups for dialogue scenes and saved a lot of the time that we had lost earlier in the day.

To make sure I don’t have another day like this again, I’m going to assure that I have enough crew members and have people ready as potential back ups if anyone drops out.

Production, Uncategorized

Production Day One

On the first day of filming, we had the editing suite booked from 9:30am until 1pm and I only had 7 different camera set-ups in this short sequence so I was confident that all the shots could be obtained in this time.

We had a slight problem right at the start of the day because the entire class was called together for a quick briefing so this affected my start time. The tutors understood the dilemma and let us go quite early so we went to collect the equipment. There was a slight delay in the collection so this delayed us further.

It wasn’t until about 10:30 that we finally got the equipment assembled in the studio. I was quite anxious at this time because this was a substantial amount of my booking time gone. I explained this to my crew who were extremely understanding and collaborative and the actors also understood, so we got to work with great efficiency.

We set up all the lights and I got the opinions of plenty of people on set who were interested in the visuals. The studio lights were very helpful because we could manoeuvre them to suit our needs and considering this is meant to be set-up like a studio interview, it was easy to get the look I was going for.

Overall, the filming process went as smoothly as I could have realistically hoped. I mainly put this down to the shot-list I created and the vivid visual idea that I had in my head. The organisation with room for creative improvisation was incredibly refreshing and I really learned to appreciate the usefulness of having details down in front of you as you work.



Practising Lighting in Studio

In preparation for my press-junket interview scene, I booked out the TV studio for an afternoon to try different lighting styles.

We set up a chair in the centre of the studio and then set up a camera, close-up, on the subjects face and set up 3 different lights.

We took down and set up the kit multiple times until each of us were confident with where each light should go and I was happy I did this exercise because I now feel like I can work as efficiently as possible and get set up for my shoot quicker with a professional look.

My other task I would like to conduct between now and shooting is watching several press junkets and taking notes on how the lights are used, in my sketchbook.

Other People's Projects, Production

Recording Sound on Jack’s Project

On Saturday the 19th, I was contacted by Jack to ask if I could come in last minute to record the sound for his film as the original crew member had just dropped out. I haven’t had a lot of experience working with the sound before so I was excited about the opportunity to improve on this area.

All of the filming took place in one interior location so it was a good environment for me to learn in. I was already familiar with what was required from the sound levels and the main problem I encountered was interference noise from the fridge which was right behind where we were filming. There wasn’t any movement in the scene and all of the dialogue was a conversation on one couch so it was easy to find a consistent level for the recording.

I’m glad I took on this challenge last minute because I now feel confident working with recording audio and it was another opportunity for me to see how people were approaching directing their final major projects.

Other People's Projects, Production, Uncategorized

Acting in Michael’s Film

I was asked to play a lead role in Michael’s film, ‘Freelance’. This involved filming across 3 days in different locations. The first day was filmed at various locations throughout Liverpool City Centre and we adopted a fairly guerrilla style as a crew so we tried to do a lot of our takes as quickly as possible due to the public disturbance. The other two days were filmed at Michael’s house and my apartment so we had a lot more control over the environment and this made for a much more relaxed set.

Working on this project was very different to working on Peters, predominantly because this was a fictional piece and it requires much more meticulous set ups. Out of the two experiences, this was more beneficial to me in terms of my project because it is more similar to what I want to create. As well as acting, I also helped out with set ups and props as these were two aspects of the production that I felt I could contribute towards.

Other People's Projects, Production

Filming on Peter’s Documentary

On Sunday the 13th, I acted as cinematographer on Peter’s coffee documentary. It involved travelling to West Kirby and interviewing coffee roasters who worked independently in a storage unit.

Working with a tripod in such a tight space was a challenge but we had two different cameras and we decided to use one as a permanent set up to capture the roasting process and then used the other camera to capture handheld footage and cutaway shots.

When reviewing the footage, we were happy with the amount of coverage we obtained and it was a great lesson for me because I now know that when I am filming, I need as much footage as possible to make the edit easier.