As I stated… somewhere on this blog, part of the reason for my posting is to remember the random jobs I’ve had and what I’ve learned. So, here’s some of them:
- I shot and cut a fashion show for a non-profit organization. The outfits were traditional garbs from around the world, and were quite spectacular, and that really enhances the final product. When shooting a fashion show, the main problem is audience, you need to get in front of them or higher than their heads. Ideally you set up right at the end of the catwalk, but unfortunately for this one I had to set up way in the back of the room. Fortunately, after getting a few unaware stragglers out of the way it all worked out.
- I was a camera operator on a commercial for a belly dancing school. It was a last minute job and a unique fun shoot. However, they were shooting a spoof of another commercial that’s on tv, one I hadn’t seen, and at times I wasn’t really sure what they were going for. Since it was last minute there was really no way around it, but I believe a lot is gained by having your entire crew on the same page. It’s why directors like P.T. Anderson screen Network when shooting Magnolia.
- A while back I picked up an AC job on a commercial, nothing of note there except we used the indie-slider. Which is a fairly efficient way to introduce a little bit of dolly-esque movement into a shot, I know a few people who own them, so I’ll have to borrow it if ever we don’t have time for a dolly.
Besides that I’ve shot a few more of those NBC/Hilton Travelskoot videos, this time in Vancouver, and picked up those other random jobs. Overall I guess what’s really hit home over the last few months is how important pre-production is to the quality of a shoot. Perhaps the most important part of the shoot?