I have always been very interested in the behind-the-scenes aspect of a movie. Am I the only one who is -when watching a film- always thinking about how certain scenes were made? I always imagine how after shouting “Aaand…action!” everyone goes quiet in the studio, the cameras start to roll, the actors start to act and make bloopers (which I love to watch on youtube as well). This semester, luckily, I can have an actual insight into it!
When you’re told that you have to shoot a 2-5 minute short film, you’re like sure that’s easy. And then you realize that it’s not. Not easy at all. Every single shot requires a large amount of planning and every single detail has to be organized in advance otherwise the shooting is going to be much longer and problematic. For instance, if you have a scene where two people are standing opposite each other and just having a conversation, you wouldn’t think how many arrangements it needs, would you? Well, you have to design precisely where the people are standing, where the light comes from, in what angle and distance the camera is etc. It takes more time than I would’ve thought so now I finally understand why in big productions they shoot only about 3 minute worth usable material per day, even though working 12 or more hours. (Mind you, this fact would not discourage me from working in a big production!)
We are allocated in groups of 5-6 people and everyone has a certain role within the team, such as directing, lighting, sound, camerawork etc. (And one of the best things is that we get to use professional equipment!) As for my role, I’ll probably do a little bit of everything, because I really want to try everything. First, I started out as the actress and the Production Assistant (who is basically in charge of organizing stuff, like getting the props for a scene or asking for permissions) but now I’m supposed to be doing the lighting and the sound, also helping in the camerawork, and I will certainly do some of the editing, too. If you’re a control freak like me, you want to take part in a bit of everything, just to make sure… So even though officially I’m not the director, I will definitely make some suggestions there as well…
Actually, my team hasn’t started the shooting yet but we are in the middle of making the script and storyboard, checking the props and the location. We are about to shoot next week so I’m pretty sure that this week and the weekend will be quite hectic as we still have so many unsettled things… But it’s okay, because it’s very exciting and I do enjoy this module a lot. I would absolutely love to work at shootings later on!