Group Task

 

 

 

We were all put into groups today, we were set a task of putting together a Mood Board from the 70s to the 90s and every individual in the group had to cover a topic in the end. I chose to cover hair and make up and I also covered music. This was the outcome of our Mood Board.

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We then joined with other groups, assessing all the Mood boards and receiving feedback from other groups. After looking at the conclusion of the 70’s group work we completed, it seemed the feedback we all received was that it looked too vague and concentrated more on the aesthetics of the final Mood Board rather than the relevance of the pictures on there. So in my Individual mood board, I will make sure that all my pictures are relevant to the book of ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’

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Evaluation

Now this was my final group in working for this activity. This was a very interesting one because my groups and roles were confused and I didn’t realise I was in this group until again a week before the film date. This group was by far the MOST unorganised group I have worked with. Although my Art Director contacted me before, I was replacing her on another film so I thought that the emails I was receiving was for that. After a while, Danni our project leader assistant had noticed the lack of communication in this group and called an urgent group meeting. The only trouble is this was called on the day I was filming for one of my other productions so I was not able to attend.

I met the Director on one of my other films and asked if he could contact me and I had passed him an email so I am ready for the shoot. As a director, I felt it was his job to add me to all the emails he was sending me and possibly even update me on what it is he wanted. I waited and hadn’t received any emails from him so I was completely oblivious to everything. My Role on this film was a Costume Designer which I was not informed by anyone nor did anyone from the group contact me. My Partner Alina has given me permission to use her research for my work book and write it out as though we have both worked on this together but I refuse to use someone elses’ hard work and claim it as mine so I will evaluate how the day of filming went and drop the role I was given as I took part in no form of the pre production for this film.

On the day of the filming, we were asked to come in at 8am I made sure I was there at 7.30am so I could fit in as much extra help as I could. I helped our producer bring in the breakfast and hand it out. I met the actors for the first time and had words with the AD as to what she may need help with so she had me on standby the whole shoot. I done the actors’ make up and helped Alina dress them up. There were last minute issues such as clothes not fitting the actor which of course, could not be sorted before as there was no dress rehearsal because of the laziness of the director not making sure all his crew were prepared. I went out to buy some pins and adjusted most of the clothes.

When I had sorted everything out, there was nothing left for me to do although I was on standby so when I had the opportunity, I decided to talk to the BAF student to see what their roles were like and what it consisted of. I managed to speak to the sound people, the second AD and the young girl in charge of the Movie Clipper. All the other roles were far too busy working so I didn’t get the chance to talk to them. However, I was able to sit in the studio and watch the way they worked both alone and in a team.

SOUND                                                                                                                                                                              Sound are there to make sure there is a perfect balance between purity and clarity and all on a mutual level. There is a main one who works on a sound machine and he listens out for any extra background noise. There were also two people using boom’s to pick up everything the actors were saying. It picks up specific sounds even though they had mics attached to the actors.

MOVIE CLIPPER                                                                                                                                                            Ana was working on the Movie Clipper. She must use it on every scene and take, changing it on the board as they go along. This changes every time. Also, the sound of the clipboard is to help the editor distinguish where the beginning is on a take.

SECOND AD                                                                                                                                                                    The second AD is the Assistant Director. He mainly looks after the cast. He brings them on, makes sure everyone is there and contacts anyone that is not, he looks after them making sure they are ready for shooting, they are fed and watered and they are genuinely looked after on the shoot.

What I enjoyed most about this shoot was learning all the other different roles that we have not yet experienced and I liked watching everyone’s performances on the roles. On my other shoot I was assigned to one role so it was difficult to move away from that and watch how other people were performing. On this shoot I was able to walk around everywhere, ask a lot of questions, meet everyone else and do extra jobs as a runner. I helped in every department possible and even gave out directions as the art director was suppose to when we were setting up. I realised the fact that this group was so unorganised and nobody knew their roles, it gave me an opportunity to stand up and take charge because I didn’t want us all to sit down and have no part in this film. I gathered the art department together and assigned roles to everyone.

What I least enjoyed was the lack of communication from both the Director and Producer and how disorganised this group was. Nobody was ready and nobody knew what roles they were doing. This was good for me however, because I was able to take over nad learn how turn things around, even if it happens to be on the date of shooting.

Comparison

My First film to be shot was On The Door Step. In this film I felt like I was allowed as much creative input as I wanted. I was able to make a lot of the decisions, making most of the pre production more organised. I was calm throughout the whole process for this group and had so much fun taking part in it. I didn’t feel nervous, stressed or constricted because the Director trusted my work strongly. She let me have input in most things and even asked for my opinion on things that weren’t in my department. I didn’t have a section which I enjoyed the most because I enjoyed the whole journey of pre production and film day.

The pre production for me, was the hardest bit of the project for this group. This was because, the Director I was working with was very specific and precise about what it was she wanted. She was challenging to work for as she kept changing her mind continuously throughout and more towards the day of the shoot. She even made some last minute decisions on the day of the shoot. However, the shooting went by so smoothly as it was extremely organised and everyone was prepared for it. We managed to finish half an hour earlier than the actual wrap time.

The difference between the two was that one was that my first film was more laid back, prepared but less strict with specific rules whereas my second film was not. This made me feel very unprepared and startled as I was not used to the working level of my second film HUMDRUM. Everything was more strict and every decision had to be put by the Director first. My first film was ok with times and didn’t ask for us to come in until 9.30 whereas my second film I had to be there for 8am which was extremely early. I arrived 10 minutes late and I got into serious talks with the Director as I couldn’t get the make up all ready in time for the time she requested. This changed everything and I felt like I lost all opportunity of impressing my Director. If  I knew that all Directors worked differently and you need to be able to adapt to every type, I would have rushed when making my way in the morning.

If I had to choose one which I preferred, I would pick On The Door Step. I felt like it could be both professional as well as fun. It should always be about the experience and learning new things which you were enjoying. The first production On The Door Step gave me that opportunity. I was not afraid of asking questions and I was able to be as creative as I wanted to be. Although the other production was very organised, I felt like the Director was doing all the work and I was more of a runner. I didn’t get to experience my role as  much as I did on my other production.

If I could change one thing about these two, it would be the preparation of the both. I spent more time in meetings with HUMDRUM because there was a mix up in all the groups and I didn’t realise I was assigned to three groups. Also, I didn’t meet with the ‘On The Door Step’ group until the week of filming which meant I had to work very quick but I didn’t mind. I would have just wanted more meetings and prep with them as they seemed very active and fun to work around.

Overall, I really enjoyed both productions. I have learnt many different things from both of the productions and how different people work when organised and laid back. This has given me a different experience in group work too. Sometimes you will have to work with people you do not get on with but somehow it is ok. It all works out better because you want to prove your place on a production and show how good you can work and when you both are able to do this, it makes the team stronger and work well together. You are a good example to the rest of the team.

My Role Description

Wardrobe Supervisor

Wardrobe supervisor’s are referred to as Costume supervisors most of the time. A wardrobe supervisor’s main focus is Shoes, Accessories, Bags etc. They often Liaise with the whole of the Art department, The Producer, The Director and any of the main crew but most of all the Costume designer. They make decisions together and work closely with one another. They are also in charge of continuity and must make sure nothing changes throughout shooting.

The role require’s extreme organisation, planning and scheduling. On the day of the shoot, they are in charge of making sure all items from Costume and Wardrobe are ready such as ironing, washed and prepared. The clothes must be labelled and prepared. They must manage all items and make sure Hired outfits are returned in one piece.

The role also includes being able to work hard under pressure and be able to find solutions to last minute changes. You should be prepared in knowing what form of transport you will need, to deliver the goods and should make sure that you are all prepared. They work with all the designers and costume to negotiate budget and must have good communication skills as without it, the whole production could go wrong.

Costume Designer

A Costume Designer’s role is very similar. Costume designers, must do a lot of research on the actual script of the production and pay close attention to all the details. When working on TV, they must assure that they are aware of all the changes especially as they will have to put together and outfit that matches the situation correctly. They must also do a lot of research in costume itself and have a good background of what fits the brief, according to the time of the theme of the production.

Having an understanding of clothes in different Era’s will help with assuring they pick the correct outfits. In depth, they must research different colours, different styles and all the different materials too. When they have gathered all their pieces together, they must work closely with the Wardrobe designer to assure that they are all on the same page and deliver their ideas to the Director to get confirmation on all of the looks. This can also be done before hand by sketches of examples of how your actors/ess will look.

Specific records are kept to ensure everything used is restored and budget is being used appropriately. They should always be on set on stand by along with the Wardrobe designer in case anything should go wrong. They are required to have great time management, organisational and planning skills and must be able to work well to deadlines. They look after Actors, Actresses and extras if necessary.

Hair and Make Up

The Hair and Make Up department are also responsible for most of the aesthetic qualities in a production. If the main cast of a production do not look like they fit in with the brief, this could be difficult for the final thing. They should have great communication skills and be able make the people they are working on feel comfortable. They must also work closely with the Costume and Wardrobe department, assuring the looks they are going to create work well with all the costumes.

It is important that the hair and Make Up have also done their research on different looks and styles of both hair and Make Up and are able to create both a glamorous look and a toned down look. When working in Hair and Make Up there are usually two or three people working in this so that they are able to work on one person at a time and speed the process up by getting both the Hair and Make up completed at the same time.

Research

Reanne and I (Costume Designer), spent various different days meeting up to go and visit charity shops and meeting up with friends or family to see if they were able to help with wardrobe and costume when going out to look for items. Our main priority was finding shoes for our Actor Lemon and a shirt which our Director specifically requested as a blouse/shirt/top with an African designed pattern or an African feel.

We started off in Clapham, where we visited various places including The British Heart Foundation, Traid and ACE. These were all charity shops with loads of options to choose from. The only problem is, that we still do not know what our actors look like or what sizes we are working with, making it completely impossible to purchase items, have a dress rehearsal and see how it fits well with the actor/ess. What we did instead, was take pictures of many different items and send them through our phones to both our Director and Producer to hear an opinion and our Producer was then able to tell us whether we could spend as much as we needed for our department.

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As we were shopping for this, we could not find anything like what was requested from our Director. I then had an idea of looking at the different materials they had on sale. I called the director and she was happy with my idea.. I just needed to know when we will be able to measure the actors and we were told by Directors the next day, but this was not the case and we had to wait an extra week before we could measure and meet our Actors. My idea was to buy African printed materials and use my skills as a clothes designer to make a blouse for the actress to wear. We found two favourites. One white (on the left) for £3 and one deep red and peach pattern (on the right) for £5. This would be perfect as I would be able to show my different skills and also, we would save a bundle of money. However, we were not allowed to purchase anything until we had measurements which didn’t take place until last minute.

 

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We later took a trip to Brixton, this time in an average store yet one where the prices were knocked down and everything in the shop cost £5. We came across two black options as the Director wanted black to be the dominant colour as our character works a lot with funerals. These were long sleeved and had beautiful detailed patterns down the v slit and the shoulders. We found two different styles but the same sort of theme. Our Director had told us the day before we visited, that she would have her phone on her to answer any messages or calls. When we sent her pictures of these to hear an opinion to see whether we could buy them or keep them in our Diary’s to buy when we have our actors measurements, there was no answer or reply for up to two hours. This was a shame as all Reanne and I wanted to do, was find a solution before we kept looking. When our director finally got back to us, she said she didn’t like the look at all and changed her mind once again about what she wanted. This time she asked for bright colours, A full blouse with floral prints. This was frustrating as we always provided what she asked for and once she saw it, she would change her mind meaning we had to go out and look for more.

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One last thing we came across were these beautiful shoes which were perfect for what we were asked to bring from the brief of our Director. They were going in one of the Charity shops we walked into, for £15. Our producer was very happy with them, along with our Director. Again the only problem we had, was not being able to buy them right away. These were a UK Size 9 MENS. Once we got to meet our actor, he told us he was a size 9. When my partner returned to buy them, we found out that the shop had closed down and the week we went to view them, everything was being sold for £2 including the shoes. This was unfortunate as this was our favourite find.

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The ALRA Trip

The ALRA Trip

Wikipedia, ALRA, Accessed 01/03/2014, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_of_Live_and_Recorded_Arts

Today we got the opportunity to go to ALRA which stands for the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. They had allowed for us to visit their site, having access to all their costumes and clothes and allowed for us to Hire it for free. There were so many options when we arrived and we were allowed as many items as we wanted. The only problem is, is that we haven’t yet met our actors so we didn’t know sizes or how things would look together. Also, because my Director for HUMDRUM was very specific with her choices, we could not find exactly what it is we needed. We decided to take back a variety of things and options in case our Director was happy to use them. For On The Doorstep, we found some beautiful fur coats to choose from. We also found a perfect pair of old Levi Jeans and some old shirts we could take back.

Despite getting this opportunity to Hire out free clothes, I feel like I still have a lot of research and buying to do. Not everything is available especially when we’re looking for specific items. I plan to visit various different charity shops for options and to browse and see if I can find what I am looking for i.e Snake skin mens shoes. Another reason I feel like I cannot do anything about this situation, research wise is because we have not yet met our actors so we have no idea what they look like, nor do we have any measurements for any of them so I have to be patient and wait to meet my actors before I can go out and buy something.

The only clothes that I’ve managed to find everything for from ALRA, is for the On The Doorstep production. We only needed a few items and we have found them all, excluding shoes which can be easily resolved by either the actors bringing their own or buying a pair as we haven’t spent any money so far on costume and wardrobe.