My turn to direct. Woah.

After finishing up Walhalla, 4 of the students were assigned a certain date to direct their own short. I was one of the students to volunteer because I have never directed with an actual crew. I didn’t have an idea in my mind but I couldn’t give up the opportunity. Fortunately, my day to direct was the last day of class, leaving me enough time to think of an idea. I knew I didn’t want to have a serious narrative, rather a comical video. What I wanted to get out from this shoot was not to have a golden product, but to learn what I need to do to be a better director. This I certainly  achieved.

My idea was to have one of my classmates have his own segment of MTV Cribs. I have an access to a really nice city loft so I used that as my location.  The night before, I took pictures of all the room, so that I am able to leave the place exactly how it looked before and better. *Shout out to Heather Oaks.

My favorite thing I did to prepare for the shoot was photoshopping Sam in historically famous pictures. It was time consuming, but the laughter from the finish product did me proud.

During the shoot, there was a lot of bumps that could have been avoided. I didn’t want to be a super controlling, nagging director, but I realized after the shoot that I needed to be one. Im too much of a people pleaser, and that got in the way of making a better film.

Overall, this experience was a good experience. Before the shoot, I regretted so much for volunteering. I didn’t want to seem like a failure in front of my peers. But, now I am few steps

closer to finding out what I want to do in life.

Week 5+

There was a lot that happened towards the end of the semester that I need to fill in. So I’ll jump from week to week.

During week 5, we had to prepare for the car mount scene. So, our instructor was nice enough to test it on his car. We also took a nice drive around town to see its performance. After viewing the footage we learned that it would be hard to keep the camera steady enough where the shots wouldn’t look shaky.

The next time we met, we had 3 hours to shoot out bridge scene. To prepare from the art department, I went go buy the thickest rope available at the store.  Luckily we had checked out a bunch of “How to tie knots” books so I used it to tie a lynch. When we got to the location, it was easy to make it look old and used with dirt and mud. I’d say that  shoot day was one of our more successful days.

While filming Walhalla, we had to work on our second film’s preproduction. So, we held an open cast call at our studio class. Tamrin, Andy, Kelly, Jon, and I waited for the talents from 12-4pm. We were told a handful of people were coming to audition.  I had helped out at an audition for a casting director once so I somewhat had an idea of what needed to be done. However, helping out and being in charge was a complete different experience. It was a long process because only 2-3 people showed up but, I think everyone learned something about directing the people to show you what you are looking for. *Ahem- thank you Andy.

The following Sunday, it was our final shoot day. Which meant getting all of the art department stuff ready. Sam and I went to the thrift store plus few other stores to buy our props. After we bought out props, we have to make it look like it was damaged from fire. Luckily, Sam had a pit in his backyard ready to be lit on fire. I felt really weird burning dolls in the fire and the end product looked .. Disgusting and disturbing.

The next day we were ready to shoot. It was the longest day we planned for because we wanted to make sure we finished on that day. We filmed about 7 ish hours (?) but man, everyone was beat. The crew and talent weren’t motivated, and it felt like the whole process was dragging on and on. Also, it was physically hard on me because there was a lot of running, tripping, falling, and dragging for my character. Actually, tripping and falling was due to my lack of coordination. I woke up the next day with random bruises all over my body. Hehe. But, I think I can speak for the crew when I say that we really appreciated the other talents’ dedication for this project. They could have quit anytime like a normal, non cinematic student would, but they stuck it out to the end like champions. So thank you Justin and Samuel if you ever end up reading this somehow.

I hope to see Walhalla finished and up on the Internet. It probably won’t be as good as we initially intended it to be, but I know that everyone had learned something good and bad from it. And honestly, the journey is always the better part of an experience rather than the destination.

 

setting up the car mount

 

gotta protect instructor’s identity /safety

 

crew going for a drive (thru?)

 

looks sturdy enough?

 

watch out boy scouts- i also can tie knots

 

different departments means different responsibilities

 

left to right: Andi, Tamrin, Kelly, Jon

 

oh, heres Andy

 

what to do during the three hour gap between auditions?

 

make 4×4 sign for the following shoot

 

art department’s shopping list

 

Ive learned that lint from the dryer is a great fire starter.

 

do you see how creepy this is? 

 

No budget for crafty means self serve

 

My talented costars posing with Elizabeth #MakingMemories