Rabinger (2012), is very clear on the responsibilities of the director. “The director watches every aspect of the scene for its emotional truth and intensity. What is being expressed. Is the scene focused? Does it deliver what is supposed to deliver?” (Rabinger, 2012, p.395). Rabinger (2012) goes on to say that a common fault of student drama is the director monitoring the crew, when on set the cast should be the primary concern.
With this in mind I attempted to delegate the crew to the DOP as per Rabinger’s (2012) suggestion.
The first day on set on location at The Rat Pack bar was on the whole a good start. The crew did take some time setting up, this may have been due to lack of communication on the shot lists, something that I need to work on future so that the AD and DOP are clear on the outline for the day. This did though give extra time for on set rehearsals with the cast, working through the script again was beneficial as it allowed us to make some small changes that gave the cast more ownership of their roles. The cast were great, and most retakes were as a result of technical issues.
There was an in issue with sound, a simple yet very unprofessional mistake which could ruin the whole day’s shooting. Though I am genuinely concerned I hope it can be sorted, so I have asked the producer to please keep me informed. *
The next two days in the flat location, were also on the whole acceptable, though again set up times were slow, this caused time issues later on, which did cause some friction between myself and the AD. The cast though were fine with staying a little later to finish the scene.
The last shoot day of the week at the church hall was plagued by late arrivals and late set up. Not helped by the fact that the venue did require more set up, which was not accounted for in the schedule. With some juggling we did manage to get the essential shots, though I did personally feel the day was made stressful by bad preparation, including myself who should have reccied the venue.
*Attempts to fix the sound were delayed and eventually the solution attempted did not work.
Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, M. (2012) Directing: Film techniques and aesthetics. 5th edn. Waltham, MA: Taylor & Francis.