So, I watched this video this morning by D4Darious :
It kind of resonates well with what I have been worrying about a bit. It is now nearly a couple of months ago I made my first video. I knew it was nothing to write home about but I was super pleased to have done it because I set up the lights, camera, sound recorder etc., plan the interview everything that goes into the actual making on the film.
Since then, I have taken some more practical courses mainly from LIFT in lighting, sound, editing, interviewing, shooting with dSLR, editing etc. all the things that I had done in making my first short film. It all makes sense, and other than editing, now a little less daunting. However, most of these courses were when I was also doing my research module, a super busy time, and since then I have jumped into my next module with lots of reading and film watching. The reading and the film watching is really important to me, I think that to feel legitimate in what I am doing when I start working with academics I need a good theatrical grounding. However, I am not practicing the practical skills which I will need when I come to make my film. In my next module, I will begin to practice filming a scene in three different ways to identify how to compelling tell a story that resonates with the audience. Obviously I will be getting hands on experience then, but I want to feel confident with the basics so that I can think about other stuff.
I know from my photo-a-day challenge, now at day 1698 (what! When did that happen?) that practice, practice makes perfect. With this challenge, I have developed my artistic eye, learnt about composition, found something interesting in what could be mundane etc. and many of these skills are transferrable to video. But I need to start doing it regularly. I also need to feel confident with the other aspects: sound, lighting etc.
So, starting today, in addition to my module plans, I will be getting that hands-on-experience. I am not going to follow D4Darious’s plan exactly as some things I am already familiar with or not relevant to documentary film making , but will incorporate:
- Framing and composition in video
- 3-point lighting
- Window lighting
- Lighting with practicals
- Camera settings: depth of field, ISO, shutter speed
- Temperature for light
- Camera angles and shots
- Sound recording
- Familiarity and comfort with my tripod
- Micro interviews with friend incorporating all the above: your day, an influential person, proudest moment, etc., etc. (maybe when I get to this point it won’t be every day!)
Wish me luck!