A great experience is going on right now: we have been filming for the festival! At the moment, there are lots of staff going on and we have been learning many things about filmmaking, and of course there are many challenges to overcome.
When we were first handed the cameras, we were so overjoyed with the excitement to be junior directors of our school. For a month what we had done was basicly discovering the functions of the cameras. We examined each feature and shot scenes impulsively. However, we were too amataur and our shots didn't make any sense. After one hour shooting all we had got was a 30 sec passable scene. The scenes were not fluent at all, the camera movements were not adequate, the angles were not well arranged. We had known the shot types or the terminalogy, but it was not enough to know those; the application process was where we lack familiarity. It took us for a month to get familiar with when to shoot close ups and when to shoot middle shots. We have leant the directorial advances and we all have become cameramen. We started to apply the five shot rule, we especially paid attention to depth of field and compositional stress. Although we had a hard time in the arrangements of the scene and establishing a storyline, I believe that we have overcomed the understanding of five shot rule very well. Most importantly, we have learned to link the shots and get more fluent footages.
Fortunately, in IB film our teacher is very knowledgeable with how to create an effective film, and she is well informed about film movements. She is our master and we are learning from her at ech step. We had watched many examples of Film Noir, German Expressionism, French Impressionisms, even Dada. Right now our film includes Classical Hollywood and Surrealism. We even got inspired from the movie 'Breakfast at Tyfanny's'. All these examples were helpful for us to observe the mise-en-scenes. Just like we got to taste many dishes and sense their flavor.
What I learned about myself in this process was I lack drama skills for sure. Even though I have been in a role of bully(and of course I've had to be confident and relaxed all the time just like a bully), I had a taugh time acting in front of others and I kind of lack facial expressions. As I have it as a characteristic, I'm not very good at expressing my thoughts with other people. On the other hand, I'm good at catching the small details that my team mates don't seem to notice, especially with the arrangement of the camera and angles. I like being the director, because it seems significant to me to arrange the scene in all ways even catching the color matches.
In post-production process I believe that the small pieces that we've got so far will create a beautiful and successful film even it's an amateur made. Still we have so much to learn and as we go far in filmmaking, I believe that we will overcome the tough parts much more easily.