Chocolate in the Afternoon.
Run-time: 7 mins | 2017 | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Frame rate: 23.97
“Chocolate in the Afternoon”
Chocolate in the Afternoon was a short film (7 mins), that I wrote, directed and produced in the last semester before graduation. It was challenging in many ways, because I had basically 5-weeks from conception to end of filming. I had to write a screenplay, select a team, location scout, cast, select actors and set up blocking and testing and then film in 2 days. Another 2 weeks would be given for post-production and final edit.
I was able to see the accumulation of my skill-set, as well as witness the growth of team-mates. We were finally able to take charge of a project from start to finish. There were a few mistakes, but also great learning.
Most significant were the improvements in how I communicated ideas to the crew as well as actors, and allowed team members to take control of their specific areas without trying to micro-manage.
This was the first time we shot all on location, three different locations in the space of two days. Blocking the space was vital in working with the actors and developing a condensed shot list that would give enough coverage of the scenes.
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Run-time: 9 mins | 2017 | Aspect ratio:16:9| Frame rate: 23.97
For In Escrow, I took on the role of camera assistant. This was something I took on voluntarily and I found it much more relaxing as I had already completed my main position of gaffer on “Love Letter”. I worked on another crew with basically the same time line to shoot and complete principal photography – 3 weeks. I came on a few days before the shoot and had a chance to look over the shot list, talk to the DOP and then was on set.
What I learned:
How to really listen, and the importance of following instructions.
Focus pulling. This was the first opportunity I had to do this and it was both stressful and exhilarating.
What was challenging:
Being on a dolly with DOP and trying to stay balanced and focused while moving.
A few images from “In Escrow” (right). I focused pulled with the main character, from the entrance of the room to the window. She made a few stops along the way.
Run-time: 11 mins | 2016 | Aspect ratio: 16:9| Frame rate: 23.97
In Love Letter, I took on the role of gaffer. A position that I was keen on and that tied into my other interests of directing and camera.
This piece was shot earlier in the Fall of 2016, so as a crew we were still figuring out a lot, but we had three week from conception to completion of principal photography.
What I learned:
Shoot day does not always go as planned and as a gaffer you must be able to make quick adjustments and think on your feet.
Although I'd made quite a few drawings prior to shoot days and done some testing and set-up in the studio, on the actual shoot days, many of the lighting schemes had to be adjusted or changed.
Gaffing proved much more work than I anticipated. Lighting plans had to be extensive.
Things that proved useful:
The Celebs 201 proved very useful. They could switch between daylight and tungsten in a minute and cool down time was minimal.Unlike most of the other lights that we were accustomed to.
It was a very enjoyable experience and boosted my confidence as a filmmaker. It’s definitely an adrenaline, being a girl, using heavy equipment and executing! Bonus!