So at the first class for this week we went over roles. It’s becoming clear who is more dedicated to the project at the moment purely due to attendance, but of course sometimes that can’t be helped. I was looking forward to looking as the first drafts of the scripts so I could read through and see which one I would like to direct. However, as we were going through roles due to the interest of the role for Director, the showrunner Kerry and Guy believed that since I am directing the title sequence that I should choose another key role for the episodes.
Now I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. One of the key reasons why I didn’t jump in as a member of the writing team is I really wanted to explore Directing someone else’s script. I was also looking forward to finally be able to focus on the specific role in film making, instead of falling into a support crew role. I had already prepared some research for how to exploit crossing the line in a key dramatic moments(a moment I found in the Draft for the Second Episode) and if successful was looking forward to putting in a showreel for my CV.
But of course I understand that with collaborative work, especially student work, you won’t always get the roles you were looking for. Instead I went with the role of 1st A.D, a role I have a lot of confidence in. I also realise, that while the title sequence will only last about 15-20 seconds, there is still a lot of work to do and still an opportunity to show case my ability to direct a sequence – albeit not in the way I hoped.
For the second part of the class we went back into the sound stage with Andy and went over lighting setups. I really liked the refresher and again learnt more about using the gels to light a scene. I think that one thing that definitely brings down a lot of student and even professional films, is the fact that they don’t have an experienced gaffer. It’s obviously not just about knowledge of what light you use or how it works, but rather the adaptability and creativeness to light a scene in a way some wouldn’t even consider. I can honestly say, being a gaffer is not for me, in the same way that being a producer isn’t something that interests me. I’m sure I could do it, and even do a good job – but next to people who are able to think in that creatively with lights I am an amateur!
Now in regards to the title sequence itself, there has been some progression. I had hoped the few tasks I put to the each role would lead to further progression, but only a few seemed to work on some revisualisations or prepare for their role. However, we have seemed to have nailed down the shoot date for saturday the 27th and some members have done test shots/previz with sowing of the puppet in E.C.U (which wasn’t even in their role). It’s clear to me I need to step it up as Director and makes sure everyone is working hard and is on track to ensure that the title sequence is progressing and that everyone is motivated and dedicated. I think the key to success will by providing a wide range of meaningful shots to juxtapose between the extreme close ups as the puppet is created. By Thursday everyone should be on track so that we can jump straight into shooting and then hand it over to the class so everyone can take a run at editing it to their liking.
In the end it isn’t necessarily what I’m doing or who I’m doing it with. The key thing is why I’m doing it; I absolutely love it. Nothing feels as good as creating something, being on set, and seeing the final product and realising “Hey, I did that.”