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.