Today I was originally called in for 8.00am, However the actors were not due in until 9.30am so my call time changed and I arrived at 9.00am. Mateea (Costume person) and myself, had room M207 to prepare all our stuff and get the actors ready for filming. As we were doing this, the rest of the crew were setting up in the studio and preparing for filming. I also made sure to take pictures of all the clothes that were being used in the filming process. When we were done, we took the actors down along with the floor manager and were told to add little details such as staining lemon’s top and adding pins into Joy’s hair.
As my role was done for the day, I had to stay around to retouch the actors faces when they had any breaks. As we had a lot of budget left, they had bought us all breakfast and snacks to have whilst waiting around which did not have to happen so it was good that our Director looked after all of us really well. I helped were I could, wherever people needed me and watched through the Gallery at how beautifully the set was coming along. I helped set up the kitchen by moving and adjusting items and taking instructions from people.
We took it in turns of two to go into the studio and study what the BAF students were doing. I was shocked at the level of team work that was going on. Everyone was helping each other and the level of professionalism made me feel as though I was on an actual shoot of a film.
The two people that stuck out the most to me on this shoot was Freddy and Ana. Freddy was the Assistant Director. He made everyone on the set feel a part of and very important to this film. He made sure everything was under control, gave very good instruction and acted no other way but professional. I have worked on an actual film and TV set before and I saw no difference between an actual director and himself. He was very good and I made sure he was aware of it. Ana was the producer. She negotiated everything and was very firm with her choices which I liked. She was able to make difficult decisions on the spot and pulled things out of her own pocket, right after the budget had been used. She helped absolutely everyone on set and made sure everyone knew what they were doing and they were ready. A fast and hard worker, is why these two stood out to me the most. They helped everything run smoothly and ironed out all the issues that tried to get in the way.
One thing I wasn’t happy with was the props people from my film. They had been using fish on the set for approximately 6 hours and although they had been refrigerating the food and reheating, I still think this is a health and safety risk. Leaving food out for a few minutes is fine but longer than 10 minutes I’d say is a potential health risk. Especially under the studio lights which would mean that the food would have more of a chance of being contaminated.
One other thing I was not happy about was that they had left as soon as the director mentioned it was a wrap. Although the director may dismiss the filming, I know that the rules of being a part of the film was helping get rid of the set until everything was ready for the next group and then everyone was able to then help the next group prepare. Our props people lefvt fish in the Green room. Used plates, used cutlery and fish skin all over the counters. It was a complete mess. People left rubbish all over the green room and left. Being in the next group, I thought it was incredibly unfair on the next group which I was also a part of. So I volunteered to take these roles of cleaning up after the people who had made the mess as I didn’t want it to be time consuming for the next group. As everyone left, we also had to remove the set and re do the set ourselves too with no help.
The thing I most enjoyed about today was learning about the different roles in the studio. The director, Producer, Lights, Camera, AD, Sound and so much other roles. I got talking to a lot of the BAF students and they taught me a lot about their roles and how important they are. I loved working with new people and having a chance to show your skill to people who have a little more experience than yourself. I enjoyed helping people with their roles and looking at things with a different perspective. I loved being given opportunities to prove responsibility and looking after my actors and realizing how important my role is and how it could affect the rest of my team if I had not turned up on time or worked at a slow pace. I learned how much people relied on you to make sure you were ready when they expected you to be. Such as time given to prep my actors and not going over that time.
The thing I least enjoyed, was the failure to bring everyone together in the end to help out the next film group. I also was disappointed with the timing as we ran behind and the other group had to wait another 45 minutes before they could start preparing their set. This had an effect on everyone else, making everyone run behind and resulting to have to stay later than usual. This was disappointing as it started off so well and there were no problems throughout however, there were rules thereto be followed and the director did not enforce this upon anyone.
If I could change one thing about this film, it would be the organisation of it all and how we ended our film. I would make sure everyone was being pro active and that nobody left until the next group were happy for us all to leave. Overall, as my first film, I feel like I have learnt so much already. It has given me a good perspective of everything and a rough idea of what to expect when working with a crew in film. I now have something to compare my other films with and I look forward to experiencing a different group to get a different perspective.