Section 4: Technical Skills


What are the resources required for your film production (think about equipment, props, actors, location etc) 




What is your key role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

My key role, was really the stretch out of my comfort zone. I was assigned to become a production manager for one of the shoots (i.e spaghetti). It required a lot of skills, including the figuration of buying the suitable props and equipment required for each scene, to follow the prop list, to provide edibles for the crew. Though, one skill that is crucial is to stay within budget, as there are so many chances to overspend in correlation to satisfy the crew and maximise the potential of the scenes that make up the film. The budget was 30 pounds, which is not easy to reach with the prop list that we had. 4 cookbooks already would have reached a minimum of 20 pounds, two-thirds of the said budget. Luckily, we used the skills of compromising, for other members of the team to provide props that were available in the house. This reduced the potential of the budget, which meant that I had the ability to buy products and make products (i.e labels) to be in use for the filming. With this, we were able to buy snacks with over half of the money. One thing that I would have improved on, is to try and not spend on all the budget. If it were a feature film and the box office only gained 30 pounds, no profit would have been gained. This means money would not been gained in the process. I should try to minimise on the use of the budget, to maximise profitability.


What is your supporting role and what are the skills and equipment required to fulfil it?

When it came to shooting, I played two contrasting roles, depending on the shoot. On the first shoot (i.e The worst kind of People), I played the key role of being a focus puller/1st Assistant Camera. Focuses are quite important and create the most minimal difference in how the characters are portrayed. To receive the right focus, can create the biggest difference to the audience. This is due to that fact that low quality visuals can only give negative opinions to a film. This shows us that the focus must usually be sharp, to increase the quality and to truly show the performance. With this, the focus puller must have the sight to be able to notice the most suitable sharpness, using the manual focus, especially in wide shots. If the focus, is too blurry and very soft, in this type of sharp, no matter the resolution of the camera, it will not be seen as a suitable shot. This is due to the fact that you can not see the actors. When it comes to extreme close ups, Sharpness is still very much crucial, though the dilution of the focus, has to be quite soft. This enables the actors of the characters to not appeal flawed (in their skin). The general factor in a good focus puller, does not always depend on the camera, but on how clear the observation of the focus puller is on terms of accuracy.



How do you feel you performed your roles on set? What were your strengths and what were any challenges you faced? 



How do you think your skills and knowledge developed in this role? Give examples 




Following completion of the Film Academy, please give examples of film production skills that you would like to develop. Did you have any particular strengths or weaknesses on the course? 


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