New York Film Academy 2nd day
Today we had our last day of getting in a little less early then the rest of all the days. We had to get our ID badges made. We all got in a NYFA van and got transported to the backlot of Universal Studios. We had our pictures taken and got back into the van. Wepassed a stage where some activity was going on. Our driver told us that Desperate Housewives was being recorded there. Didn't spot any celebs though :( ;)
We drove past a few other lots and saw the Western lot, the Europe lot where the Knight and Day car chase was shot with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. (Fun fact btw apparently Tom Cruise doesn't want the audience to know he is so short. So in a film with Nicole Kidman all the sets had 2 doors. A normal size door where Nicole walked through and a small door where Tom would walk through but would look enormous :D ) And the NY lot. On the last lot apparently the new Spiderman vie will be shot coming december. But the driver said he thought that wouldn't happen. Can't remember why though :D
After the mini tour and badge shoot we got back and had 1,5 hours to kill. So I worked on the Mise-en Scene I have to shoot either coming Sunday or Monday. The Mise-en Scene is a story shot in just one shot. And as I discovered later coming up with a story of that's told in one shot isn't the hardest thing. The Pre Production is the toughest but also the most important part. But more on that later.
Hands on camera #2 (Ed Timpe)
Our second class on using the camera. We got a Depth Of Field (DOF) chart we need to work out what part of your picture will be in or out of focus. This is impotent to know where you want to place your actors etc. Since were shooting on film you need to know these things because the viewfinder doesn't show what will and will not be in focus. With digital you will see the effect of the lenses and aperture your using. So with actual film you don't want to find out in the cutting room nothing was in focus, you want to be sure when your shooting and that's what you use the DOF chart for.
We also practiced a bit with how to frame certain scenes and tried it out with a digital camera. Tomorrow we'll be going on a test shoot and see what certain under- and overexposures will do on film and what all the lenses do to your image etc. Looking foreward to that! It's gonna be a LONG day though! Day won't end until 20:30
Director's craft #2 Producing your film (Josh Adler)
Josh killed my plans for my Mise-en Scene today. Not because he heard my idea and thought it was crap. He doesn't know what I'm planning yet. But today he told us about pre-production and all the things you need to keep in mind when shooting a movie. Apparently you can't just shoot anywhere without a permit from the city which takes at least 3 business days. You also need an insurance waver and so much other things are important. Because were not only acting as the director you need to act as a producer as well. So Budget, crew, cast, schedule, locations, script, props, pre-production schedule, food, equipment and all the other details is all on you. And there is so little time!! But if you have all these things worked out before the shoot, the shoot will be peanuts,… So I'm kinda in a disadvantage by not having a car or knowing the city. But I'll make it work!