We did four hour-long workshops; Directing, Production design, sound, and cinematography. In the Directing workshop with Matt , we talked about the roles that a director does on set. We said that it was really important that the script has an element of emotion and conflict to be successful in engaging the audience and being realistic. He gave us advice on the most important things a director has to do- pick a good location, select good actors for the characters, select good camera angles, and decide on atmospheric lighting.
– do the scene in a wide shot first to work out timings and where the actors are going to stand/ move to
– think the actors are like furniture
– story board to heavily; don’t make the edits in your head
Next, we did a production design workshop with May where we had a look at some dynamic and atmospheric pictures. We then got to make our own, taking into consideration lighting, space and theme, all whilst creating a story. Our group’s photo was of a small colourful children’s tea set and crayons etc in the foreground of a dull and dusty background and surroundings.
After lunch, we did a sound workshop with Rob. In this we learned about Radio mic’s & receivers and how to record sound using a boom mic. We watched a clip from ‘Elephant’ where we studied the sound used and how it effected us watching the film. We were shown how to hold the boom mic and how to use it/which way to point it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzfup-OOPWQ (22:20-25:16) We then moved onto cinematography where we looked at different clips from films e.g. Wrestler, and looked at how the camera operator and director used light to create the art. At the end of the day, we all had a talk from Sally Campbell- a costume designer. She has worked on Scott & Bailey, World War Z and other big productions, which were the main experiences she talked about. She stressed to us how important continuity was on set and let us do a ‘continuity sheet’ about what we were wearing! I really enjoyed hearing from someone in the industry and about her experiences which was really engaging and interesting!