Section 4: Technical Skills

4.1 

What are the resources required for your film production (think about equipment, props, actors, location etc) 

 

Equipment:

  • Camera
  • Lens
  • Monitor
  • Light bulb (hanging from ceiling)
  • Smoke machine

Props:

  • Table
  • 2 Chairs
  • Hat
  • Cigarette
  • Ashtray

Actors:

  • Ben Cawley – Investigator
  • Owen Frost – Suspect

 

4.2 

What is your key role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

 My key role is director, and the skills needed to fulfil this role is to communicate well with others in the crew to get ideas across clearly. I also need to make sure that the crew understand what it is I want them to be doing to get the best possible result. I also need to understand how the equipment on the day of the shoot work so that I can give suggestions and tell the crew my ideas better so they can understand. 

 

What is your supporting role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

My supporting role on one the films is behind the scenes videographer. The skills I need for this role are to make sure I get appropriate shots and videos of the filmmaking process for the film, and to get shots of most, if not all, parts of the making of the film so that there is more choice when it comes to editing it.

 

4.3 

How do you feel you performed your roles on set? What were your strengths and what were any challenges you faced? 

 The Worst Kind of People: 

As director, I had to communicate with everyone on set and tell them what I wanted to happen, according to the assistant director’s schedule. The tutors said that my strengths were collaborating with the director of photography on a regular basis, which I agree with, as we both agreed on shots and the lighting. The challenges were that I regularly cut too early, meaning when it came to editing, it wasn’t particularly easy when finding different angles for reaction shots.

Spaghetti/Good Food: 

On this shoot, my role was behind the scenes videographer. At first, the challenge was getting used to using the camera, as I had never used this particular type of DSLR. However, I was soon able to use it without any difficulties and achieved some shots that I am happy with.

 

 

How do you think your skills and knowledge developed in this role? Give examples 

The Worst Kind of People: 

I learnt that, as director, you need to co-operate with other departments and communicate with them in order to get your ideas across. Additionally, I learnt how a shoot day works and how shots are set up.

 

4.5 

Following completion of the Film Academy, please give examples of film production skills that you would like to develop. Did you have any particular strengths or weaknesses on the course? 

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