Follow up on my first shoot. Quick summary: had a blast!
The shoot was for a commercial for a furniture factory that hand-crafts high end custom pieces. It involved showing the process from customer order to completed product, with Tango dancers off in the background at critical points as a metaphor for the work going on in the factory, and romanticizing the final product. Throw in some artistic lighting and some good camera work, and it seemed to be working pretty well, at least from the raw footage I saw.
It was a modest crew, consisting of a director and his girlfriend/assistant, director of photography (DP), a gaffer (physically handling the lights), a steady-cam operator (with a second camera being handled by the DP), and two folks (including myself) with roles somewhere between key grip and best boy. Look it up. And of course the talent, which in this case was a couple of tango dancers and some furniture factory workers. There were also a few others floating around, including the factory owner (so, what I guess we might call the producer in this case, since he ultimately footed the bill).
I spent most of my time moving things around, wiring extension cords to where they needed to be for lights, and generally doing whatever physical work needed doing. Which was fine by me, because I also had the chance to look over the shoulders of the creative folks, getting to listen in on their thought processes, watch how the lighting was placed for various shots (sometimes physically doing the placing myself), how the camera was used, and how the actors were directed. And with digital film making, you can monitor and then watch everything right away, so I got to see how things were coming out as well.
On top of that, I met a bunch of really good folks, and exchanged contact info, so hopefully I’ll be able to get involved in more of these.
The final product will be on YouTube at some point. I’ll post a link when I get one.