We started the day off with an interactive, production workshop where director Isaac Stambaugh and cinematographer Russ Beckner demonstrated how to visually shoot a scene. We brought in two actors and used a prepared script to illustrate blocking, coverage and shot composition. It was one final time to see how the pros do it.
After lunch the teams were cut loose and were ready to take matters into their hands. At last, it was lights, camera, and action. Most of the teams elected to stay on campus to cut down on travel time. They had a little over seven hours to complete principle photography.
They were used to grabbing a couple of friends and going out and shooting something off the cuff. Now they were working with schedules, scripts, and actors. They also realized that every time they moved from location to location in and of itself was a labor intensive and time consuming effect. Packing and unpacking the equipment and moving people in unison was no easy matter. As the day went on, the pressure started to mount. Some of the teams fell behind schedule and had to make some adjustments to put themselves back on track. It’s all part of the learning process.
I talked to Elise, one of the students. I asked her how do you feel things went. She said the day was long and the work was hard, especially being out in the woods with the bugs and the heat. Her team had a few challenges to overcome, but they got the job done. The important thing was she said they had fun. Isn’t that really what it’s all about?
If you want to work in this business as a filmmaker, you are going to have to enjoy it and have fun. As Elise found out, the magic rubs off fast, and the reality that making movies is a lot of hard work starts to set in.
Jarrett setting the controls
A strange brand of happy
Marcus and Jesse
Josh and Grant
Fluffy the rabbit
Jarrett the director at work
Hannah,Caleb Jarrett and Actor
On location in the woods
Getting the shot
Madeline checking out the script