The lecture covered lighting, its different elements and constructive advise on how to consider lighting. I found this incredibly interesting, as despite being very aware of its importance, I was still very vague on the general process and technique of lighting. Most interesting, although now incredibly obvious, is the amount of actual gear required, as well as other things to consider like the amount of power required. In retrospect, the material covered in the lecture, and more so the tutorial, on lighting was invaluable to my experience shooting. Having a lot of our footage overexposed and generally unsatisfying (although I am very thrilled with the result despite this) has further highlighted the amount of control required to recognise the aesthetico one is hoping to achieve.
In Rabiger’s text, “developing a crew,” 2 points which stood out to me are:
The importance of rehearsing shooting and the process pre-production. Doing this puts the whole crew on the same page in terms of the vision for the project as well as allowing pele to get to know one anger and develop a dialogue which will make production smoother and more efficient. We did this to a limited extent, in our Lenny exercise 2. However, now in post, I feel more or longer rehearsals would have given us much more insight which in turn would have helped us develop a more polished product.
Another point, which I was already aware of to a certain extent, but enjoyed reading it in a succinct format, is the large and broad amount of responsibility of the director. As the director of my project, and having the project be my initial idea, I’m very attached to the story I’m trying to tell. Lucky for me I didn’t break down in an existential crises, which I credit to the enthusiasm of my crew and actors. This reading has highlighted bad habits directors can have, for example, neglecting the crew for the actors and vice verse.
Antonioni, Blow Up
This clip from Anonioni’s film, “Blow Up” is an example of the way in which direction and cinematography come together to create an effective and consistent flow and action. The amount of pre-production involved is evident throughout the clip. The variety of shots (close ups, medium shots and two shots) edited together tie the movement, or lack of movement, of the actors to create the illusion of a sequence of events in order. There is a lot of use of panning and tracking, a camera technique which requires harmony between the movement of the actors and the camera. In saying this, tone could assume that the director and cinematographer worked together in order to achieve the desired timing of each shot.