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Directors Journal

Directors Journal

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Directors Journal
Day 1
On day one before we started filming we had minor delays due to the change of weather so we had to set the filming forward to a later time at approximately 1hour later, otherwise it would had interfered with the concepts of our filming.Then after that we went back to the set location, and then we got out all thenecessary equipments needed for our filming and followed the risk assessmentsin order to prevent any casualties towards the cast crew and other members of the public. Before we started then filming, As the director it was my duty to get the actress (Emma Worby) ready in the right position, and try to follow the shotsused for the storyboard, although because the location was very intriguing, newideas where developed e.g. the Bird eye view shot was used to follow the actress,which the result would give the idea that she is being watched which workedreally well.Emma Worby the main character was portrayed as the protagonists I thought of a brief idea to shoot her coming from a work building where a low angle shot was used to trace her as she starts running, this was suggested because theaudience could perhaps not follow it clearly in terms of where she is comingfrom, however I decided to not let the audience know where shes coming fromand to show just the protagonists running straight into the subway, which addsto the curiosity and tension we hope to create in order to represent and convent our thriller genre.Trying to link the subway to the next scene (The Park) was very challenging but hopefully it should work well. Then we also tired different point of view shots(POV) which was in our story board, however it wasnt the same positions wehad. I also told the camera person to add breathing whilst she ran with thecamera down the tunnel just so we decide to add this to the sequence in theediting suite.We had many other barriers to our filming on Day 1, because we used a subwaytunnel, different people was walking past which would had broken the continuityrule, so we had to keep stopping which wasted time. The weather was reallyharsh on this day, which made filming hard, but overall we made good use of theday. The sounds we picked up was from the subway were ambient noises such asthe buses going past, the harsh wind, which in told the editor to make good useof for the overall sequence. I also showed our actress Emma Worby to work onher facial expressions as someone who looks defencelessly , which was ourconcept of tricking the audience, she had different runs at it , but overall it came together brilliantly. Also we did not visit the location previously, to planahead of how we wanted to shoot the scenes, so that also took our time. Howeverfor the next day we will visit the next location and decide what shots to use andwhat the actress to need to do for the entire scene.
 
Day 2
On day two we went to the next location to film our park scene, we had a choiceto use a jump cut for the overall results between the subway and the park scenelinking them both together as we thought we was shooting things in the right order but when we got to Raphaels park the subway tunnel scene did not link with the park scene. Me and Laura was aware of another location at Harold woodWhich was a Crooked looking bridge which would go perfectly well for oursequence, hence we decided to use it. The editor was made aware that she wouldneed to put the bridge scene first as it linked with the subway scene.On arriving at Raphaels park the weather was cruel, as it started to rain,however we decided to shoot Exterior extreme shot and long shot angles. Alsothe actress was very corporative, when I would direct her in terms of the types of facial expressions to make, and also for the long shot we had to shoot it from far,so she was running for a very lengthy time, and we had to repeat the samerunning scene three to four times because either she was carrying the bag thewrong way round, or something else like sounds was interfering with thecontinuity of the filming. We filmed at the park location very quickly because theweather continuously changed. Hence we had decided to come back another day,to shoot the close ups and to implement the shots on our storyboard.
Day 3
We went to our third location, which was the bridge scene. This location washow I imagined as it was very alluring. My plan for this location was different toour sequence analysis I wanted to have the protagonists (Emma Worby) runningpass the bridge and as she is , an unknown actor portrayed as a stranger almost who runs her over which would create a gratifying tension, then the characterwould come out and ask if she was okay, and she would had shrugged him off bysaying get off me , this was the scene where a diegetic dialogue was intended,however flaws arose with the actor who was unreliable and was unable to attendon this day as we was short of time, we decided to scrap the idea and just go withsomething simple.I had an inform consent from the people around there to film, and we made surewe stopped filming when there were passers by. There were also too many noisepicked up from the sounds of cars driving pass so time was wasted yet again. Myinitial plan for this location is that the scene from the subway will transit to thebridge scene, and I intended to make this scene shown very briefly as a locationwhere she passes fairly quickly to her actual destination. However we playedaround with different points where she could run from to Raphaels park. So wecould later on pick the point was that would work well. An interesting High anglewas shot which was agreed to be used for our sequence, where the protagonistswould be perceived as to be very small which connotates inferiority weak etc.We also got a worm eye view of her face to show her facial expressions, becauseif most of our filming throughout the sequence was a long shot medium shot of 
 
her running, it would not captivate the audience attention as much as weintended hence this was a good shot.The next day would be back to the park location where we would film, close upand extreme close up Exterior and Interior shots, we have already visitedRaphaels park on the second day, hence I have already planned what the actressneed to do for that scene which would save more time.
 
Day 4
On day four, the weather allowed us to work effectively; hopefully it is of benefit for our overall piece of film. We set up our equipments ready for use. As the first time we visited Raphaels park, we shot extreme long shots, from distance intransition from the bridge scene to the Park. I told the actress (Emma Worby) tojust start from the slope that leads to her destination; this is where we decided tomake good use of extreme close up shots. I had to remind the actress herpositioning the way she carried her bag to not break the continuity rule.My initial plan was to use distinctive heightened circumstances to create tension,which was her nearly getting run over and her falling down. So we decided toshoot were she falls at this location, which was even better because where shewas running to was a slope, so it would preferably make sense to have her fall at that point. For this scene a stuntman would had been a better choice, howeverwe did not have one so in order to prevent the actress injuring herself , we laidJackets on the floor where she would land from a medium shot of her. Iinstructed her to run slow but act as if she hurt herself by having her legs flyingout in the air, with this technique she could fall gently so the falling is not brutalcausing casualties. When we went further to shoot the close up I told her to showthat she is been badly hurt and has sprayed her ankle and take her time whilst she tries to get up, this lowers the heightened effect for a reason, becausethroughout the sequence we have seen her just running so it could be perceivedas the protagonists is at peace and perhaps gotten away from what she wasrunning from. Then also when she gets up, I instructed the actress to limp so as it links with her falling and the fact that she has probably escaped.We had slight problems at this location where the first time we visited theRaphaels park, the building we intended to use which was the park public toilet,had an entrance door we wanted to use as to show her going inside. But todaythe door to the females toilet was locked and we did not find anyone who couldopen it for us. Hence we decided to use the Males toilet door with permissionfrom the public cleaners we saw at the park they were very supportive. So I hadto think of a spontaneous idea, which was that the protagonists would try toopen the locked door with the keys, but fails then she goes round the corner,where we spotted a caged toilet window, and she tries to enter through there but fails, then she goes round still limping, then this is now where the audience willstart to change there opinions who she was imposed to be. Then when she goesto the second door, I told her to try different approaches into opening the door,whether a kick with her foot or just push it open. Then she tried both and wassuccessful however we have to decide which one to use at the editing suite.

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