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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Directing exercise 2

I have a bad habit of having my story and plot changed on the shooting day.  This may seem risky, but I tend to ride on the emotion of the moment.  For example, on the shooting day for exercise 2, the Friend’s Courtyard had an unusual vibe of life and light.  It may very well be perhaps that I have never been there at eight o’clock in the morning.  I took advantage of this unknown life and light from the Friend’s Courtyard and had half of the shoot focusing on how the actress interact within this environment, hoping to bring out the natural grace of a woman lost in her own world, gliding across the world of verdant carpet and the orange bricks.

I felt more confident with my directing skill in exercise 2, I worked closely with my 1st AD and DOP to ensure that my vision come to life and that things were rolling on time.  The challenge in this exercise for me was to maintain a creative and instinctual mind while being conscious of practical issues and relaying information to cast and crews.  While shooting this film, the concept of continuity was in my head the whole time, I could see how the frames were rolling out in my mind and I was very conscious of shooting the necessary shots to ensure the actress’s chain of actions would not be broken.  I hope my effort on the shooting day will allow the flow of frames in the editing process.

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