My First Film Experience

Hello again! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back with plenty to say. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I want to become a film producer. Until recently, the only firsthand experience I had was being a techie the past three years in my school’s theater program. But luckily one of my techie sisters, Zoe, is always pursuing a career in film and asked me if I would like to work on a short film about women tired of sexism in the 1950s when she returned from college. Scale from 1 to 10 how excited I was? 20! I finally had the chance the gain some hands-on experience, and I couldn’t wait to get started!

So what exactly did I do? Well, first I made documents we would need like a talent release form, budget sheet, audition form, etc. Then, I gave a poster  to my theater teacher to get the word out to other students who might be interested. My biggest job was communicating with the cast and crew, but I had to find them first! We had about 5 girls who wanted to be a part of the film, so thank goodness we didn’t have to worry about finding actors. For a cinematographer and director of photography, I had the perfect person in mind. My friend Julia is a fantastic photographer, who also took my head shot for my blog, and the only person I wanted for this project. I know it doesn’t sound like the most glamorous process, but I loved doing all of the pre-production stuff.

Location, location, location! (I’ve always wanted to say that.) I called a local dessert diner we wanted to use for some of the scenes, and the manager graciously agreed to let us shoot there. It was almost time to start filming, and the last thing we needed to do was discuss costumes. The film’s set in the 1950s, so we wanted bright colors, cute patterns, high ponytails, and a bright lip color. The actors sent me pictures of the outfits they had come up with, and they made me more and more excited to begin filming.

The day had FINALLY come to start shooting! On the first day, we did the date scene in the IMG_1152diner. We used the corner booth with a Marilyn Monroe painting above it. It was about 6:00pm, and the lighting was perfect. The actors looked great in the outfits they picked and were very focused.  I observed everything Zoe did as director to learn more about the process. Julia’s shots looked absolutely amazing on her camera, and I couldn’t wait to see it completed on a scene.

The next and final day was just as exciting for me as the last. The girls, once again, looked fabulous and were doing a fantastic job. Zoe clearly and calmly explained how she wanted everything to be done. And of course, Julia beautifully shot the story. I can’t forget our male actor who graciously ate a lot of spaghetti and let four girls almost hit him with a frying pan for the project.

Every moment, I was simply in awe of what we were creating and how we all worked together to make something great. It is currently being edited, but I will post pictures from behind the scenes and more information soon. I loved every second of the process, and I can’t wait to do it again.

The Breakup–coming soon

Through my eyes,

Sydney ❤

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