At the moment, In-Depth is working well for me. I started to plan my final film with Ethan, but because Angelina stayed home sick for a while, we haven’t had the chance to meet up as a group. As a result, our progress slowed down. Last Monday, Nathan asked me to help him film the school musical. I went with him on Thursday, and it was a good experience for me. Recently, I helped Jewel with her film by being her film assistant. At one point, I filled in the spot as one of her actors because Angelina was sick and couldn’t come to her filming days.
On Thursday, the main concept of our job was to film the musical so people could have a copy of it whenever they wanted to watch it. We decided to film with four different cameras, with two in the back and two on either side. The two in the back filmed the musical on a wider scale, which established the stage and helped for scenes where many people stood on the stage. Each of us took a camera on either side of the stage and controlled it through-out the performance, angling it to the actor’s faces and film close ups. At first I didn’t know what to do, so I clarified the concept by asking Nathan, “So the cameras at the back of the MPR are for back up if our close up footage doesn’t look good. Is that right?” and he confirmed. It helped me to understand my job and prevent any mistakes that I could make. I also asked questions related to the technical aspects of the job, such as asking what I should adjust during the performance and how to operate the camera. I never used that type of camera before, so I wanted to ensure that I knew how, before the musical began. Nathan told me to only “change the ISO, the focus, and the angle”. He also said that I should “refrain from moving the camera too often so editing is easier afterwards”. Understanding the main concept of why and how we would film the musical helped me ask the right questions and prepare for the performance.
At one point during the musical, the jets and sharks run from either side of the MPR onto the stage. Nathan and I planned to position our cameras right beside the stage, but that was a problem because we would block the path of the jets and sharks. We brainstormed alternative actions, because we needed a different solution. After some consideration, we both came to agreement that for the first half of the production, we would position our camera out of the way of the gangs, even if it meant having a worse angle. During the intermission, we moved our cameras to a better position to get a better angle. This way, we didn’t interfere with the actors, and during the second half after admission we’d get a better view. To solve our problem with camera positioning, we recognized that our main option wouldn’t work and we came up with other alternatives, then chose the best one.
For my filming project overall, Nathan helped me find alternative perspectives and actions which I did not consider. For example, when deciding on shot angles, I went with my first instinct, but Nathan asked me guiding questions that helped me see other factors that I missed. I gained new and different perspectives on filming, and it was helpful for my learning, rather than him strictly telling me how to do something.
For my learning center, I will have a poster, filming equipment, and a laptop playing our final film. On the poster, I will make it look aesthetic by including many pictures and visually organizing it. To make my learning center kinesthetic, I will ask Nathan if I can borrow some of the equipment that I used in my filming exercises and have them on display for my audience to look at. Lastly, I will have my laptop playing our final film, and I will sometimes switch it to show my editing software.
Although our progress slowed recently because of our busy schedules, I really want to put the final film into motion. Over the next week or so, I will focus on taking responsibility and planning meetings with Ethan and Angelina, and working things out so we aren’t scrambling at the last minute to film our project.