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The Musical Bartender

Drag

Working title: In between

Director: Benjamin Sheen

Sound: Carmen Chen

Producer: Daniel Lau

SYNOPSIS

“In between”, a student documentary that explores the drag performers – men who dress up and perform as women, often for purposes of entertainment.

This documentary explores the underworld of drag queens, and gives the audience an idea of who a drag queen really is and what they are all about. The film shows real perspective into the person and personality our subjects. It is a look into the more human and emotional side of these talented and diverse drag performers.

MAIN CHARACTER

Featured in the film is one of the most recognised drag performers in Melbourne, the hostess of Bingo Au-Go-Go from Greyhound Hotel, Miss Connie-Stevens-Lingus. Connie has been in the business for the past 20 years and performed all over Australia and the United States. His performance style is influenced by a variety of past…

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Shooting Day: 4th September 2013

Location: The Greyhound Hotel

 

 

It has been a long day, so I’m going to keep this simple.

Challenge #1

Space. By the time we had set up gear, there was barely any space for anyone to walk about.

What could/should have been done

There really wasn’t much we could have done about it other than changing our shoot location and foregoing our initial idea of playing around with the mirrors in the dressing room.

Some things to consider for second shoot

Perhaps change our shoot location

 

Challenge #2

Mirrors. Mirrors, while aesthetically pleasing, are super hard to work with! Especially if you’re in a confined space. We ended up being in quite a number of the shots.

What could/should have been done

  • We should have practiced shooting some shots before conducting the interview
  • The crew should have paid more attention to where the camera was pointed and move accordingly

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Discuss and mark the placement of bodies during the shoot
  • Forego the mirrors and change our location

 

Challenge #3

Fridge. There was a mini fridge in the tiny dressing room. We weren’t allowed to unplug it without the management’s permission.

What could/should have been done

  • We should have used lapel mics
  • Fix the problem later in post-production

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Try using lapel mics instead
  • Conduct interview in a different location

 

Challenge #4

No prep time. We weren’t allowed in the facility without the presence of our subject. Our subject was only available a couple of hours before the show and it would take him at least an hour and a half to get ready. This gave us almost no time at all to prep and setup our equipment studiously.

What could/should have been done

Some things to consider for second shoot

 

Challenge #5

Lighting. The lighting in the dressing room was relatively good. The problem with lighting lies with the coloured spotlights that would illuminate the stage later during the show.

What could/should have been done

Fix the problem in post-production

Some things to consider for second shoot

Challenge #6

Audio. The audio mixer we got was faulty and it ended up recording from the internal mic instead. This plus the disturbance from the fridge as well as all the other electronic equipment lying around the facility, caused us to record really bad audio.

What could/should have been done

We should have tried recording using lapel mics

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Try recording audio using lapel mics
  • Forego the mirrors and change our location

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Things that we could/should have been done (in general)

Check equipment beforehand

Some things to consider for the second shoot (in general)

  • Change our shoot location
  • Reshoot footage from first shoot