‘storm the gates’ short film – nov 27 sun

  • 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.

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