Epiphanies (Week 4)

#1: WK 3 Friday Class Feedback: 

-No one thought that the shots were good, not much time. No time to watch any of them again, or retake the shot we wanted. The task was overwhelming, as it is easier to visualise, but then it is harder adapting, so we can create it. Harder to visualise what it will look like  in front of the lens. We have gone from working together, to having to tell each other what to do. It was hard to plan until we got to the location. We could look at the scripts all we wanted but then it would change depending on what we had to work with due to the location. Looking back on this exercise now, and having had a couple of days to think about it, I came up with various coverage situations for multiple scenes, including other peoples; which meant that when Paul showed us the shots in class, I wasn’t thinking about how bad they were, I was thinking of what could have been done to improve them.

Listening to what everyone thought about week 3’s activity from the Friday class, it was good to hear that we were all in the same position. We all felt the same, and wanted each other to lean back on. This eased my nerves on whether I can handle being a director. Saying this, after this exercise I found that I am more confident in sharing my ideas, and when we were planing the next exercise on Monday in week 4, I was voicing my opinion, and I gained confidence because people were then relying on me to make the next shot decision. Sometimes you have to step up to the plate, and by doing this, it improves your knowledge and skills, guiding us on the path to finding our own methodology.

Paul told us about shooting outside, and told us to consider the prospect of lines, and the framing of the shot. There was a significant amount of head room in the majority of the shots, and he is lead to believe it is due to having no constraints, so the space above the characters’ heads keeps creeping up until that is the new focus point. This is point that I will always remember and that I haven’t considered before. Shooting inside you have the constraints of walls and ceilings, however outside you have to work with natural objects to be the subject of framing.

#2: Exercise 4B

Week 4 is planing and covering a scene that was given to us on a script. The class was divided into two groups. From here we had to complete pre-production from Wednesday to Friday, so that Friday we were able to shoot the scene. The two groups were then divided in half so that one half of the team was the executive group, with 3 actors, director, and a DOP. The other half were the support team, with sound operator, sound assistant, camera operator, camera assistant and 1st AD/Safety officer. We then had to switch the roles. Sitting down with the script and picturing how the scene will be covered is easier than putting this into action. It is always the way, when on paper the shots sound well covered, but then looking at it through the lens you have to think to yourself, is this the best way? Can it be covered differently? This took a bit of time to figure out, and planning the logistics of the scene, how it will all come together to be successful, through shot sizes and angles, actors, framing and pacing. Robin (tutor of second class) asked us questions that are valuable to the course, and what we will get out of it.

1.What is it like to work in a big group? I find working in a group both challenging and productive. Challenging in the way you need to contribute as much as you can, so that no one is doing more work than they need to. People rely on you as a team member to have the ideas, and to know what is going next and how the next shot will be covered. You need to be constantly giving feedback to your peers, and you need to be at the same level of knowledge and understanding in order to keep up. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy working in groups, the larger the better. You all work collaboratively and there are ideas flying around the room that you personally might never think of. More heads are better than one, because each member has their individual style; allowing everyone to learn off each other. With this exercise you could see how the other group covered their scene differently to ours, and I started asking myself, why did they do that? Is it for better or for worse? I started analysing every move they made, in the hope I learn more, and come closer to understanding my own methodology.

2. Filmmaking is a higher order of thinking.  This statement shows you that we have to be about to think outside of the box. Having to think about every possible encounter we are going to have shooting this scene. We have to think at a higher level to cover a scene successfully and have the greatest impact.

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