Rich, we've got no printer. I turned 21 yesterday, and I hurt. This is just timestamped proof that it's written - I will bring you a hardcopy as soon as I can feel my eyes again.
Post Mort Essay
The following is a list of the most prominent problems I have encountered during my directing 3 experience, my reaction to them, and how I plan to avoid them as Capstone sneaks up on me.
- Lack of certain types of coverage.
o I attribute this problem to how long it took for me to secure a location for my film. If I’d had a space to diagram much earlier on, I would have been more prepared in terms of a shot list and schedule.
• Next year, I plan to assemble a production team instead of piling all of the responsibilities on one producer. Included in this team will be a Location manager whose soul responsibility will be to secure a location at the head of pre production.
- Dissatisfaction in the performances of my actors.
o I auditioned a lot of people, and made my decisions based on where I saw the most talent. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to create chemistry and comfort between my leads before shooting.
• I will cast early and set aside rehearsal time. I will also research methods of creating the necessary relationships between my actors so that their repertoire is believable. I will also have time to play with improvisations so that recited dialogue will not sound so wooden.
- Random editing blips
o My actors overlapped when speaking.
o There was a serious eyeline issue.
• I could blame my script supervisor for these issues, but honestly, it was a problem that no one caught it. As an editor it’s necessary for me to be more aware of things like that while I’m shooting. Hopefully, because it’s caused such an inconvenience this year, I have learned my lesson.
o Sound was horrible.
• We needed to be monitoring sound during filming. The echo is horrible and some of the actors are incoherent.
• We also never recorded roomtone, which has turned out to be a huge issue in the wake of the aforementioned problem.
- Time for post
o It took me entirely too long to lock picture. As a result, I will not have time for a sound mix or color correction before our screening.
• I will create a schedule with deadlines ahead of time.
• I will assign people to specific jobs with deadlines as well. If I have a date to aim for, I may be more confident in my decisions when I feel like my deadline is sooner than the actual end.
As a final note, assembling my team much earlier will be a huge component to my capstone process. I’m determined to have a team of producers to simplify the process, and pre-production will last much longer.
I also want my producer(s) to be involved in the post process to keep me and the post team on schedule. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I didn’t finish a polished version of the film on time.