- found it much easier to navigate set after previous experience, more used to workings of set and all crew members doing their own jobs in same space
- navigating hectic set days: dealing with problems as they arise, having to find quick solutions from resources at hand
- first time seeing talent on set, mostly leaving them to chat to their crew of hair/makeup
got to sit in with variety of departments, gained lots of insight into what post prod houses do and individual roles, how they all fit together
most interesting: seeing colour grading/editing suites, full scale operating panels in use
runner: all teas and coffees! no two days the same, always diff small jobs/problems to fix
NETWORKING: learning curve, small talking, always being open to meeting new people, building rapport
- part of VICE tradition – does christmas ad parodies every year!
- –> future inspiration from existing christmas ad themes?
- set dressing and design with other assistant and Set Dresser, creating homey christmas scene
- checking continuity of props and set between scenes
- making and changing hero book prop covers, props assistant for bat/book during takes
- stand in for actors whilst blocking scenes and dressing set details
- first experience of being on an ‘official’ shooting set, loved atmosphere and energy of everyone on their toes, enthusiastic to be there and shoot scenes
- production problems are inevitable even when planned to the finest detail – props van carrying all main props was over an hour late, location chosen was not ideal for scene being shot, too many/too few props and materials available, had to improvise with available materials
- shoot can change in a split second depending on what director wants: props modified, blocking of actors completely changed, locations and placings changed
- everyone knows their role and carries it out, eg. lighting crew but is always willing to help out other departments if needed, 1st AD/DOP very hands-on in fixing costume, makeup and set dressing details, helping out actors with movements
- 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.