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We had rehearsals this week. One for the actors and another just for the five of us. We had our first rehearsal on the 3rd of May at our shooting location (a.k.a. Lauren’s place). The five of us arrived around 10 in the morning and started setting up the lighting right away. We started with the bathroom scene, then made our way to the dining, followed by the kitchen, then the living area, and last but not least the entrance. It took us a while to figure out the lighting, especially for the bathroom scene, but we got there eventually and that’s all that matters. On top of that, we choreographed movement and at the same time discussed camera shots and angles as we lit our scenes (we were quite the multitaskers). That being said, we were pretty much done with the choreographing and planning our shots as soon as we were done with lighting. The only scene we had trouble choreographing was the doorway scene; space was an obstacle. The entrance, like the bathroom, lacks space. So we brainstormed camera positions that are not only doable, all the while keeping in mind the little space we have, but at the same time would not cause us to “cross the line.”


Our second rehearsal was scheduled for the 6th of May with our actors, Ryan Scammell and Belinda Jenkin. We had our rehearsals outside the editing suites in building 9 and it went on for about an hour or so. We mostly just ran through lines and talked about our vision in comparison to their interpretations of their respective roles. The purpose of having this rehearsal was to clear up any impending questions they might have regarding the script and at the same time it was for us to assess their on-screen chemistry. We would have loved for both Ryan and Belinda to be at the shooting location, just so we have a proper run through of each scene. It’s a shame we couldn’t synchronize our busy schedules.

All in all, we managed to get a lot of planning done and it was good practice for all of us.


This week’s lecture was on the topic of focal lengths and their effects. I personally thought the lecture was both interactive and engaging, and I found it really helpful that Robin had set up a camera in class and gave up on-the-spot examples as we went on about the lecture.

Then in tute, Paul showed us how to properly set up and connect the mixer to the camera. Working in groups of three, we started setting up the audio mixer, which took no more than two minutes, followed by the camera. That, for me, was the tricky part. It took us a while but we managed to figure out where the cables connected to. Then, we were told to do a status check to see if the camera was indeed connected to the camera and that the camera was picking up sound. After that, Paul talked about the some mistakes students commonly make when handling the equipment and while filming on set. He also lectured us about white balance and exposure. Playing around with the white balance was never my strong suit. I’ve always struggle with white balance, in the sense that I’ve never been able to get it right, at least not on my first try. So the tute as well as the reading for this week helped clear things up a little.

On a separate note, I found the “Producing Videos” reading rather interesting and helpful. To elaborate, I was never good with white balance (as mentioned above) and prior to doing the reading, I was unaware of the common mistakes when fiddling with the white balance. So it was good to know exactly where I’ve gone wrong in the past. Besides that, I’ve always been a stranger when it comes to the camera aperture. Before this, I had always assumed that aperture only came in one setting. That its size was fixed. So I was surprised to discover that there are several different aperture settings and that the images shot with large aperture openings have less depth of field.

And that pretty much sums up all that I’ve learnt this week and all in all, I think I’ve learnt a lot.