FIRST MEETING – HUMDRUM.
Date:Tuesday 21st January 2014
Roles:Andrea – Director / Screen Writer Simone – Creative Producer Katie – Assistant Producer Yasmin – Production Manager Carla – Cinematographer Norman – Focus Puller Daniyel – Clapper Loader Freddy – Key Grip Florence – Electrician 1 Alex – Electrician 2 Beatrice – First Assistant Director Julie – Editor Thomas – Sound Recordist Alex S – Composer/ Sound Designer Zou Zou – Boom Operator Ken – Set Builder Meg – Set Dressing Nicola – Set Dressing Aleksandra – Set Decorator Tuesdy – Props Master Aida – Props Maker Reanne – Costume Designer Nada – Wardrobe Supervisor Annette – Gaffer
Place of meeting:LCC meeting room.
Attendees:Andrea, Nada, Ken, Aleksandra, Nicola, Tuesdy, Reanne, Meg
Person(s) Missing:Simone, Katie, Yasmin, Carla, Norman, Daniyel, Freddy, Annette,Florence, Beatrice, Nicole, Julie, Thomas, Zou Zou, Alex S.
Conclusion:Today we met for a discussion for the very first time as we have just been put into groups. We discussed the scene in which we would be working on for the filming. Our director also presented a short summary of how she wanted the aesthetics of the film to be accomplished. This was a great opportunity to exchange questions and have an idea of what we were working on. However, the Director did not know as much as I expected her to so we were unable to discuss specific things and have anything to work towards. I suggested at the end of the meeting that we all stay in contact and if it was alright for me to take everybody’s emails to stay in touch. The director suggested we use Facebook which in my opinion, was very unprofessional as this is practice for our future and I insisted on emails as did everyone else in the group. I took everybody’s emails to keep a contacts list for future reference and communication and sent this onto the Director.
Goals for next meeting:We are to be sent a script from the director and put a list together of all findings and research we may use in the actual filming and have it approved by the director first. For me, this would be anything wardrobe related. Also, to receive a little more information from the director as to what she needs.
My Thoughts:From today’s meeting, I have discovered that our scene will be based in a kitchen in the 80s. The Kitchen is to feel extremely tight, almost claustrophobic. As there is a voice over representing her thoughts, Lemon is in the Kitchen with her cooking Soup. There is slow reggae playing in the back almost like a Sound Bed. The lighting is to be very dramatic. Some of the pictures of inspiration she showed us, pretty much gave us a good idea of what it is she wanted. She included a picture from famous Film Maker Pedro Almodovar as he uses a lot of dramatic lighting and personality in his films. In terms of costume and wardrobe, she wanted Jinx dressed in something with an African pattern. A little ethnic, but in the style of the 90s. I could easily find something like this in a Thrift store which I will be visiting with my Costume designer (Reanne) and also on the look out for any jewellery I can find to go with it. My only concern with this, was my doubt in my director’s research. Although the book is about Black Culture from the 60s-80s, Jinx is Caribbean. Caribbean and African dress completely differently and have different morals as to what they can or can not wear. However, I will raise this with my Director in an email just to be clear. Lemon is to be dressed quite smart and in a hat.
One of my questions to the Director was, What chapter of the book she would prefer us to focus on. Her reply was Chapter 6, although she uses a lot of different things from all over the book so I will read the chapter again and highlight anything I think is important for our film.