- first experience helping out on short film, had role of lighting assistant to gaffer + runner duties as needed
- stand in for actors, changing/moving/adjusting lighting, moving props, assisting actors with scenes/scene changes
- film process = very organic, had very well planned storyboards and blocking but largely dependent on external factors during shooting a scene, eg. cars passing by and ruining exterior shots –> used to advantage by utilising lighting to create lens flares and interest within shot.
- night shoot = tiring!
- lighting – had never previously used professional lighting equipment this closely, was very insightful to learn about ways of adjusting/positioning lighting:
- previous knowledge from CSM foundation about three point lighting – was used in practice as much as possible (one on each side of face, one for backlight) but rule was ignored and broken during many scenes – insufficient space or used for creating desired effect – face in shadow or certain areas highlighted
- too bright/too dim lighting ruins a shot, doesnt convey atmosphere. trial and error process of placing lighting where it is needed + what hue, used different coloured lighting gels to create metaphorical changing moods within a shot
- lots of insight into filming process observed as i was right beside camera, process of shooting with black magic camera (learned about during previous induction):
- homemade rigs eg. suspending camera from car door window with elastic rope, sliding rigs created with skateboard
- lots of switching around different rigs depending on shooting location eg. handheld shoulder rig to separated screen with portable lens part, very few scenes shot on tripod
- film process was race against time, on tight schedule and was stressful when couldn’t get shots completed/production issues, switched shooting order around to save time and maximise time on set.