Sunday, August 12, 2007

To Shoot or Not to Shoot

Originally uploaded by Alizod
Started the day by having breakfast with our two actors and then driving to the location, where the crew had already arrived and been prepping things up. A few minutes before 9.30, we began rolling!

The plan was to initially shoot the film over two days but due to restrictions of the use of location, we tried to shoot the whole thing on the one day (yesterday). It started off well, and everyone was in good spirits. I've never co-directed anything before, but I thrived on the role. I loved it, and I think I did an okay job for a first timer. My previous experince was being involved as a co-producer, so being in control over the creative aspect this time was quite different.

We tried to simplify the shoot and nto try anything fancy, afterall, this is a kind of a non-budget production! But we were keen on creating something to get us into gear for bigger things. It's been a relativaly pleasant experince so far, there are still certain things that I would've liked done better, preperation wise, but we had to go with what we have.

We shot for about four hours and took a break and then restarted for another three hours. But we couldn't complete the whole shoot on the day. People started getting weary and we made a decision to call it a day, to complete the remaining scenes the following Saturday. (Not much to go though, we've shot about 70 percent of it).

It was fun, the hardest bit was when I volunteered to stand on a chair and lift the camera vertically to try and get an overhead shot as high as I could. Somehow I didn't drop the camera, crisis averted! The other bit was trying to keep the crew and actors motivated all the time. There are high and low points and as a director you'd have to constantly be on a high note.

Visit my flickr to see some production images from the day.


moon-light7 said...

Keep it up & good luck :)

Ammar456 said...

I'm going to start on a movie soon. Nothing too pro; but I love directing, i'm sure it feels great! Hope to see the final product when its done!

Ali Al Saeed said...

Thank you guys,

Ammar, I'd really be interested to learn more about your project. Care to give us a little idea about it?

Yeah, directing can be a lot of fun, but it's also very demanding. It's not just about shouting orders afterall!:P

Ammar456 said...

haha, trust me, my project will have no shouting orders; i'm the camera man, the director, the producer, the tea boy, and everything else! Only thing I won't be doing is acting. I have a few ideas in my head, a few things I want to roll out soon; it's just finding the time to get it done, as well checking the other peoples schedules who want to act as well. Somehow there's always some sort of clash..