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Fallen failure

Backstory: FALLEN (microfilm)

I had just bought my #Canon #C100 and decided to jump right on in. There’s so much that was wrong with this shoot.

    • Spur-of-the-moment project, so not much pre-pro planning.

    • We didn’t know it would rain.

    • Didn’t have the location pinned until 2 hours before the shoot

    • Had an inexperienced, bare-bones, crew who didn’t even know how to turn on, much less work the equipment (save for me)
    • I created a new character during filming so my production coordinator (who’s not a skilled actor had to learn the lines on the fly, you can hear me “feeding him” lines in the video. Since he was in the film, I ended up doing his job too.  

    • Wasn’t prepared for nighttime filming- hence the harsh spotlight and its direction coming from the car headlights on the actors. Hence the “harsh” beam of the car headlights.
  • Because this was a new Cine camera for me AND b/c I’m new with cam ops altogether, I didn’t have the settings right or lighting so there’s a lot of “noise” in the image.

I also wore way too many hats that day, so it was hard to “catch” all of the above while this was happening. I could go on, but you catch my drift.

The point and goal for that day thought was, to get up, get out, and do something.

And we did. We walked away happy we didn’t waste another moment on our filmmaking journey and learned some valuable lessons in the process. Experience is a good teacher.

What are some things you learned on your filmmaking journey?

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