Feature Film Test Shoot (VIDEO)
Get your friends and do a test shoot
Alright, so much to learn! Me and Simeon nipped out after work around 3pm and got some shots of me (playing Dan, the lead character) running about through Wellington’s gorgeous Breaker Bay. Then Emma Draper (playing Sophia, the leading lady) joined us with our fantastic friend David Chatterton and we shot some dialogue on the beach.
The test shoot was used to see how the camera would look in certain places, and also to experiment with keeping the camera static on a tripod and what we could do to make the film look visually interesting. It’s difficult when you can’t do big sweeping movements, but the alternative is handheld which is in danger of looking amateur.
I’ve learned a lot about the dialogue and the vibe of the two lead characters and draft four will incorporate all my new ideas. One thing I’ll relax on is length of dialogue. When the camera is set up and you’ve got a nice looking single shot on a character talking, it takes an insignificant amount of time to pop off an extra page of dialogue. So in draft four, all the conversations will flow a lot freer and longer.
The score was rushed but I feel like I’m getting a feel for the creepy, slightly tense melodies I’m wanting to create for the film. Plus this scene takes place just over halfway through the film where things have started to get weird. All up, test shoots are a very good idea.
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