The Meeting – short film by Brenda
– well haven written the script and created the storyboard I’ve finally shot the short film!! Everything went well on the day. The weather was lovely so no problems with the exterior shooting.
This was a great learning experience. It really brought home to me how important it is to think of the camera shots most specifically how you will film and also where exactly you will place the tripod within the scene for the particular shots. It would help a great deal if you were able to visualise actually taking the shots before doing so. How will you pan, where will you zoom in/out etc…??? Be very familiar with your camera.
If an actor is entering a room through a door – will they knock before entering?, will they close the door after themselves?, when they exit the room which way will they turn?
I was using a Canon DSLR camera on a tripod. Some things you don’t think of before the shoot are the terminology e.g. 3,2,1 action!, cut, it’s a wrap. You actually need this terminology to give direction to the actors.
It also becomes very obvious why clapper boards are used in film. It is a visual que as to what ‘scene’ and what ‘take’ are on the clip (all very practical and very useful when editing the clips afterwards).
The role of the Production designer is to do the ‘mise en scene’ (imagine what is in the scene). This is to do with creating the actual scene itself for the shots and takes in things like what props to use, what atmosphere or time do you want the location to evoke, what clothes will the actors wear.
Scheduling the shooting of the scenes:
Use the storyboard you have created to decide beforehand which scene will be shot first and the order of the other scenes. They don’t have to be in sequence. Be prepared for an environment over which you have no control particularly in relation to weather and sound e.g. dogs barking, neighbours cutting hedges, tractor noises to name but a few.
All may not go according to the storyboard as the whole process is fluid – take on board any good suggestions made by others.
Also make sure that you take enough footage in the clip i.e. have some extra footage on either side of the clip. This is very handy for editing afterwards.
The more prepared you are the smoother the shoot will run and the less time it will take.
Post Production (Editing)
I used Adobe Premier Pro CS6 software as the editing tool for the video.
I used Adobe After Effects to make the short intro to the film.
I searched on the internet and found a sound effect (and acknowledged same on credits at the end).
I used the Title facility in Adobe Premier Pro to put the credits at the end.
I would like to thank most sincerely my two actors Kay and Martin for their hard work with the script and for their patience during filming.
I really enjoyed the whole process and learned a lot from it and would encourage any of you who are thinking of doing it to “go for it!!”. 🙂
You can see the end result here – enjoy 🙂