06-03-2012, 04:17 AM
Hello everyone.I'm 16 years old guy and pretty soon I'll start my first serious short film.It's about 7 minutes long and it will be A LOT of shooting.We will be in a deserted building ( a friend of mine talked to his father and he agreed to make the film there ) .
The problem is that the filming will be really long and I'm new to this stuff so probably i'll need quite some time,it won't be flawless . I'll have 10 people crew and most of them are from the local drama club or just friends.
I want them to feel as good as possible on set and I was thinking what can I do about that?
I was thinking of getting food and drinks for everyone.Pizza for instance.
WHat you guys do in these situations ?
06-03-2012, 04:31 AM
How many days are you planning to shoot for, and how prepared are you and your crew?
It sounds like this is first time for you all, so it'll probably take a while to film, a few days at least, and if there's no where to get food or drinks for your friends/colleagues it could cause problems.
Don't just get pizza, try a few other things as well, and make sure you have lots of liquids available as well (water).
Also make sure they understand you will be filming for a few days... don't surprise them with that =p
06-03-2012, 05:37 AM
Yeah.They don't have experience in filmmaking.It's just me.They are helping with BTS stuff + the actors.
We gonna shoot atleast 3 days
06-03-2012, 07:12 AM
Hey! This is a good question. I've directed and been in a few shorts - and several theatrical productions... so I'll answer your question from my experience as a performer.
Be prepared. Be prepared. Be prepared.
a) While I assume everyone is a volunteer, treat the shoot as a professional one. Set a good example for everyone on set - and for the future.
b) Go in knowing which shots you want - and the best way to transition your gear between shots. The easiest way to frustrate your cast (thus losing performance value) is to be slow in your transition from different shots. Especially with volunteers, understand and appreciate that they are giving you their time -- make it as painless as possible. An example of this... If you and your crew are loading in on location at 6am, don't have your cast show up at 6am. If their call time is 7am, be ready to get them into costume\makeup AT 7am. Performance energy slumps and attitudes get grumpy during long pauses in action.
c) While problems inevitably arise, have plans for everything. Know where your power sources are... How much extension cable to bring.. etc... Scout the location to see where the available light is. Do the sun or shadows move as time goes on? What time does the sun make your set look great? Are you batteries charged? etc..
d) Don't be too proud to listen to ideas from your cast. This makes them feel included and helps them take personal responsibility of your project. You don't have to implement their ideas, necessarily... but your willingness to be a creative collaborator will help you in the future - so start the habit now.
e) Be polite when giving your cast performance notes. Yelling and screaming raises tension in everyone on the set - reducing the actor's ability to show you any desired emotion through your lens. If a particular actor doesn't 'get' it... Try using different words. Instead of telling him to be 'sad'... Ask him if he has a dog - then imagine if the dog got caught under the bed when his house was on fire. Sometimes, little imagery exercises like that will spark that fire you need. But most importantly - out of all of this - treat people with respect - or the problems on set will come through on film - and chances are, no one will want to work with you again.
Now, this certainly does not give the actors free reign to be divas.
Everyone needs to understand that each person is on the same team - working toward the same goal.
In short - to make everyone feel comfortable on set - do your job, and do it well. Have a crew whom you trust... and they will trust you.
I know this seems like a lot - but it boils down to being ready, being smart, and treating people with respect. Keep these things in mind, and you'll have a great shoot.
Best of luck!
Electric generator + XBox + TV + mattress & lawnchairs = good to go... or stay. :D
06-03-2012, 10:48 AM
I was thinking of getting food and drinks for everyone.
When you are asking people to work for you for no money, feeding them
is essential. Never expect people to work for free and provide their own
food and water.
Give each person a specific job. Don't just have them help out - assign them
to specific jobs. Even if they have no experience this is a great opportunity
for each person to get experience. I remember when I was 14 or 15 being
handed the boom and told, "You're the boom operator." I had never even
heard of a boom operator but I took it seriously and I was the best boom
operator I could be. I took a lot of pride in learning what I needed to do.
That's much better than having five different people pick up the boom over
the course of the shoot. No one takes pride or ownership of the job if everyone
is just "helping out".