FLM215 BLOG2 (WEEKS 4–8)
CASTING & AUDITIONING workshop
As I had never really paid attention to the audition process, this workshop was very useful. I not only learned of proper auditioning methods, but I learned about the actor’s performances themselves, which was something I was not very knowledgeable with. The performances from the actors certainly improved through each reading of the scene. This would be down to the actor’s comfortability with the script and direction, having the director give them instruction on the scene would have helped them better understand the characters.
Our auditions went very well for our actors, though I was not there on the actual audition days, Beth filled in the producer role and informed me on how it went. We managed to lock down all but one role in the audition stage, Leo was a hard role to fill because they had to be perfect. The actor to play Leo had to look the part and be a very strong internal actor. We managed to find Daisy Berry, who both looked the part and had good internal character.
As I was not present for the auditions for our film, I’m not sure which strategies were used in the audition process I will speak about the strategies which I would use. For the character of Kara, I would get her to read her lines in scene 13, this scene displays her most caring side, a very important trait for Kara. For the character of Leo, I would use scene 11 because it shows Leo at his most vulnerable and passionate point, two very important aspects of Leo’s personality.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT workshop
So far ‘Bleeding Low’ is going very well, there were a few hiccups throughout pre-production with location permits and actor agreements, we have managed to fix these issues and are ready for the production stage, we have 3 shoot days and 1 audio studio session scheduled, I believe this is enough to get everything we need in order to form our narrative.
Our film required multiple locations in vast country-side, this meant contacting shires in country Victoria. Luckily the councils we contacted were very happy to help us, film permits and agreements were very easily obtained. The council’s we contacted were very cooperative with our requests, they managed to have our locations sorted out within days, which I did not expect.
Within ‘Bleeding Low’ I have been given the roles of; Producer, 1st Assistant Director, and Clapper/Continuity. As I am undertaking many roles in a single production, they often clash with each other, which made them easier at times, and harder at times, for example; while filling out film permit applications as a producer, I had to complete a safety report and site map as a 1st AD, which was to some point distracting because I had to swap back and forth between mindsets depending on what needed to be done. All of the required work has been done in the production and allocation list is complete.
During the current production, everyone is contributing equally to what area they have to. Each head of a department is making sufficient contact with their other group members to ensure perfect production flow. Nothing really needs to be worked on within the group at this time.
During the cinematography workshop I learned a lot about filming into a car i.e. blocking reflections, this skill will come into use in the future so I am very grateful for having learned this. We will need to utilise this exact skill in our production when shooting into parked cars.
It was an idea to use this shot in the actual production, we tried it in the camera test but it didn’t fit in the scene. It’s good we learned that it’s not a good shot in pre-production before we wasted our time on it on set.
In the camera tests, the hardest part was the toilet scene, figuring out how to block the scene was very hard, luckily we were able to use the campus toilets as our film location, so once we blocked in pre-production we were ready to run smoothly in the production stage.
The camera tests were very successful, we learned about the shot timing, blocking and angles. We were ready to take everything from this test and implement it into production and make our set work seamlessly. As a 1st AD, I am very grateful for these tests because it told me how long I should expect each shot to take for my DP and director to do each shot, which was a lot longer than I initially expected, so I was able to extend shoot times.
I really need to work on my time management skills, I always find myself being distracted while studying, I always find my way back on task but fixing this issue would be very helpful. I’m also very tired when I choose to study, which not only affects my workflow, but my overall quality of work, all of these things need to be worked on in the future to ensure perfect workflow.
I intend on improving this skill by putting time aside for studying each night and changing my schedule to ensure I am in good condition for my study to stay focused. At the moment my schedule works terribly, as by the time I get to study I am very tired and cannot properly focus on my work.
Within the team of ‘Bleeding Low’ everyone is doing their roles and putting in an equal amount of work per role, obviously since I have 3 roles in the film I end up putting overall time and effort into the production, but that is because I have 3 roles in the same production.
Our presentation for ‘Bleeding Low’ went well, everyone did their part to show our readiness for this project, in the end, we received an amber light, some location forms and scheduling still needed to be completed in order to receive the green light.