War and peace
Time Management, Collaborating, Networking and Documenting skills.
As a class we were given a brief for a one-day collaborative project with Artist Kimathi Donkor in which we would work in small groups to produce a short video (between 1 and 6 minutes long) on the theme 'War and Peace'.
Within the group, each member would then be responsible for a key role, these roles included: Producer, Director, Writer and Editor along side roles such as Art director, Animator, Special Effects, Sound and Music, Lighting and Performer to name just a few.
A timetable was also provided.
9.30-10am Discuss plan and agree roles.
10-11am Script conference: Storyboard, production and location decisions.
2-2.30pm Lunch break.
4.30-6pm Screenings and discussion.
Initially after reading the brief for this project I considered having a 'sick day', everything about it sounded daunting, my generally poor computer skills and my lack of knowledge about editing, together, made this my idea of a nightmare.
However, I did go in, and as it turned out it I learnt a great deal and it turned out to be a very worth while experience.
My group was made up of Jacqui Hodges - Producer, Fredric Anderson and Cara Flynn - Directors, Qianqian (Amber) Cai and myself - Writers, SiRu Zhao - Editor.
We discussed our inital ideas and decided that the abscence of War is Peace and that peace therefore is simply the everyday. With this idea in mind we agreed to shoot footage of everyday life around Wimbledon, things like; people waiting for a bus or a train, the shops and supermarkets, school playgrounds, people walking their dogs or jogging in the park..etc...
Jacqui, Fredric and Amber then went on location around Wimbledon to gather footage of the 'everyday'. Myself, SiRu and Cara stayed behind to figure out the editing software we would need and also started thinking about the sound.
Once we regrouped we discussed the order in which the footage should go and how long each extract should be. We decided that while all the footage was of the everyday and was peaceful that perhaps in contrast the sound should reflect war and troubles, so for this we chose the recent events of the Paris attacks and a eye witnesses account of what happened. With SiRu at the controls we worked together editing the footage, playing parts over and over, cutting parts out and adding sound until we were all happy with the end result.
Here's what we came up with...
This was a really worthwhile activity, I learnt such a great amount in such a short space of time, I tackled some of my fears and improved on my computer skills, all in all I had a really enjoyable day.
The main things that I took from this experience were that when making a film organisation is key. Although the Producer is the leadership role all the roles are equally important. The roles must be balanced and there must be a certain level of trust in that each job or task will be forfilled. Everyone must therefore play their part and do their job for the film to work.It really is a collaboration and everyones in-put is important.
Another crucial element is keeping to the schedule, time is of the essence. To keep within a time frame it is very important to have a plan and to keep to it as much as possible. Whilst keeping to a schedule any difficulties that occur must be handled and overcome quickly, we talked as a group about any problems we had coming up with solutions and improvements and worked as a team to initiate them.
I think we all took something from this experience and that everyone was happy with what we produced.