“careers week”

watch the film here

premise

it’s careers week at school. four kids have been told off by their teacher, miss edwards, for having unrealistic dream jobs. one kid wanted to be an intergalactic spaceman, the other a ruthless sheriff-come-bandit, one dreams of being a mermaid, and the fourth child wanted to be a film-maker.

why it was made

i hoped the juxtaposition of the final career against the fanciful others would highlight the stigma that some children face from adults when they want to pursue a career in an artistic domain.
*disclaimer* i’m in the lucky minority of having parents who are unbelievably supportive of me doing film and writing, so thanks to jackie and tim, the message doesn’t apply to my situation; though it was still something i felt was important enough to share. the film for me was rather an exercise in organization, cinematography, directing and communication.

roles + reflection

this is my first solo film project!

writing: any previous film work i’d done was mostly just me flying by the seat of my pants with a camera in one hand, making it up as i went along. however, i had to write a script and storyboard given that i was working with actors i didnt know – the rigidity of which was new to me. however the structure meant that i actually ended up seeing the project through as i had a clear end point.

directing + filming: i’d previously gotten a little experience on these roles with past projects. however both roles were a little daunting initially in this instance as i’d never worked with kids before. luckily the kids were all stars – happy in front of a camera, attentive listeners, and lively as anything. i think that comes through particularly with the sheriff scenes as hector is just romping around in front of the camera and i only had to be there to capture it. you can find all the kids here on the theatre studio agency:(http://theatrestudioagency.com).

editing: the editing of the imagination sequences was really fun, especially as I got to use some of my favourite songs in scoring {‘devil got my woman’ – skip james, ‘driving to hawaii’ – summer salt, and ‘stars come out’ – calvin harris}. however, editing the opening and ending cracked me up as i struggled with sound and filler footage for those components. granted, that was more of a filming issue.

critique

i’m pretty happy with the product but there are some definite little flaws in the film that i’ll have to bear in mind for next time:

  • to not rush things. i ended up cramming all my filming into a two week window before i flew out to new york, which resulting in me lacking in a lot of filler footage which would have improved the overall quality of the film – particularly in the opening and ending sequences which are a little clunky. equally, i had some grand ideas for a better ending in my planning which i ended up scrapping as i didnt have time to execute them before going away.
  • to draw up a schedule. the girl who was initially supposed to play my film maker ended up having a tighter schedule that i hadn’t planned for, and as a result, i had to cast another character late in the evening the night before the shoot. luckily i got lauryn who was just a dream to work with.
  • avoid study time. i did my planning and writing of the film during my study period for my exams. guess we’ll find out how it affected my biology results in august…
  • do the lighting basics. some shots were dimly lit, even if the lighting was really cool.
  • invest in a microphone. my camera’s built in microphone is fairly terrible, even though we filmed in a soundless room. as a result, much of the audio is grainy.

film screenshots

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