So the student film program I am in provides a lot of opportunities for experiencing and learning both documentary film-making and film-making in general. I am learning so much. I finally get to take control of the camera and be in charge of a lot of things while shooting the film. The downside to that is that it is a bit overwhelming and the documentary often is too distracting to remember everything I need to do. For a quick rundown and explanation for all you non-Directors of Photography. Setting up a shot and while we are shooting I need to set and keep track of:
1. Focus- Making sure things are not blurry or at the least (on purpose) just the background is in focus.
2. White Balance- This is making sure the colors are okay depending on what kind of colors are in the shot and the brightness. This is easy and only requires me to hit a button and make sure it looks good. (more…)