I worked with my fellow directors and cinematographers before the shoot to discuss camera angles and our plan for the shoot. We sat around a table and looked at the location and how we were going to position cameras and lighting so that the scene would look it’s best. This helped us decide where each scene was going to take place and how it would look.
We went through the script and marked on the bits where we wanted there to be the most impact on the audience. We then considered the mood and feel for each individual scene and sometimes even how we wanted to see a character say a particular line. Our scripts we covered in annotations and pen when we were done which is good practice for preparing for a shoot.
We established a first draft of a shot list, coming up with various camera angles to portray a certain emotion or give the scene or shot a particular feel.
It was really important that we met together before the shoot to come up with a plan, so that the shoot days would run smoothly. We had to listen to each others ideas respectfully as the creative environment that we were in required us all to be able to speak openly about our ideas and not feel judged. I think that I listened well to other people’s ideas as well as contributing my own, and was respectful to other people when voicing their ideas or concerns.
As a director, you have to talk to a lot of different people, so getting along with everyone is key. I feel like as one of the directors on our short film that I achieved this successfully, as I felt able to talk to anyone and people were asking me questions which I was happy to answer.