Production Quarter 10/10/2011
We just started Fall quarter last week, which means we are now in the production quarter of our films. I haven't had much time to update this journal because I have been so busy working on more pre-production elements and preparing for auditions.
I finally sent out the casting call for my auditions on Friday! I feel like I hit a major road block in my progression because before I sent out my casting call I wanted to be completely done with the additions to my script and finish my actor audition packets. I finally realized that doing all that beforehand wasn't necessary. I just needed to get the notice out to the potential actors and then I could move on. Sure enough, as soon as I sent out my notice, I felt much better about my progress and was able to get a lot of work done this weekend. I woke up this morning with 12 emails from people wanting to auditions, which made for a very motivating and exciting way to start the day! I read through their resumes and took a look at their headshots. Looks like a great group of potential actors! Cannot wait to meet them all!
The rest of this week I will be finishing my actor audition packets, finding scenes from my script for them to read at the audition and finding specific improv strategies for each character in my film.
Last Friday, I brought my Assistant Director, Devin, to Abbott Northwestern and Sister Kenny. He was able to help me record room dimensions and get a good feel for the space. I then took those dimensions and created floor plans of each room. With the floor plans I will be able to work with my camera and lighting crew to map out where the equipment should go. I can also use the floor plans to block out the actors movements within the space.
I just recently signed on my classmate Tim T. as my Director of Photography. I'm really excited to have him on my crew. He is also a senior, has a lot of experience with wedding videography, and has a great eye. I just spoke with him and he will be able to join us when we go back to the hospital to take photo storyboards of each scene. I think it is very beneficial for my department heads to see the hospital before we shoot so that they can get a good idea of my vision and how we can best utilize the space.
I also just signed on my script supervisor (Shelly - a pre-pro senior) and my art director (Katherine - an Ai photographer) this weekend. Shelly will make for a great script supervisor because she will make sure we follow the script, production schedule and make sure we finish every scene in the allotted time. I'm very excited to work with Katherine as my art director. She is a great photographer at Ai, has a natural eye and pays close attention to detail within all of her photographs. She also does all the wardrobing/makeup and design for her photo shoots so I know she will do a fantastic job!
Lots to do before Friday this week... so I'll get back to work. I will have more of an update after shooting my photo storyboards this week. :)
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.