Filming the Introduction Scene
Today our production process has finally started. The first scene of the film, where Simon gets ready for work has been filmed in one of our group member’s house . To be more precise, in Jambo’s bathroom and his bedroom. The reason we have chosen his bedroom for our location is not only for convenience, but also because his bedroom looks exactly like our character would own – messy , with loads of things laying around.
Once we have booked out all the kit that we needed
- video: one JVC, one LCD screen for the camera, one tripod,
- sound: a riffle mic, an AKG mic, one Marantz recording device, headphones,
- lighting: one set of dedo lights,
we brought everything to Jambo’s place , set up the equipment and played around with it, testing the cameras, lighting and sound for one hour, so that all the technical stuff was sorted when the co-director brought our main actor.
During the filming we had a few technical difficulties, which slowed the progress of our filming. Lighting was our main obstacle. Prior to this first day of shooting , we had some skills instructions for lighting, which everyone attended and felt like we were prepared. But we seemed to be wrong. Lighting is different on each location and because it has a major influence on how the subject will look on camera , it needs to be set up carefully and requires patience. Shaun was responsible for the lighting, but he had to operate one of the cameras as well, as Jambo and Gergana were casting one of our actors-Marek, in the same time. I helped shaun with the lights as much as I could and recorded sound separately, after each take.If the lighting in Jambo’s bedroom was really hard to set, well, in the bathrom it was a nightmare. The yellowish natural light looked just horible on camera and there wasn’t enough space for any dedos, so I ended up by holding one of the dedos and the boom pole of the riffle mic as well – that was quite a mission. Basically, me (holding the mic and a dedo) and Shaun, the camera man were standing in the bath to get a profile view of our actor, looking in the mirror.Shaun also took some close-ups of Simon’s face in certain areas, such as teeth when brushing and hair when combing.
The whole production process (including setting up the equipment and a short tea break) took about 4 hours, from which we got about 20 min of footage, which we are going to use for our 30 sec, hip-hop style quick-pased introductory scene of Simon, preparing for his gruelling night shift.
We have tried to be as organised as possible and the Sam was well prepared as well , having the following shot list , which we have done before:
1.Simon gets out of bed (shot of feet on the floor)
2. Simon spraying the deodorant (shot of his underarm and deodorant spraying)
3.Simon puts on the Costcutter T-shirt
4.Shot of S putting on trousers
5. Simon swaps the slippers with the other shoes
6. Close shot of his mouth drinking a cup of tea
7. Shot of door handle
8. Door slams
etra shot: kettle boiling
1. Chain flush
2.Close shot of Simon’s eyes looking up an down
3. Water tap
4.Water going down the plug
5.Toothpaste on the toothbrush
6. Close shot of S brushing teeth
7. S washes his face
extrashot: S urinating (shot of his legs from the back and the pee in between)
So, in reflection, I have learnt that…
One thing to bear in mind from now on is to always have a test shoot before the actual filming day. In other words, testing the equipment on location instead of just taking pictures of the place would have been so helpful . If this had been done in advance, lighting wouldn’t have been such a pain in the ass today.
Before going into production it is vital to plan out how the movie is going to be shot and that is why the director’s shot list has been more than helpful today.