Rabinger ( 2012, p.425) explains that nothing upsets the cast more”than dissent amongst the crew” and the feeling that are being” directed by a committee” however this was a more than an occasional problem across all the days’ shooting. With crew members making suggestions and criticisms in front of the cast, sometimes not even being aware of what scene we were shooting.
Heading Rabinger’s advice I attempted to lessen this by encouraging all crew to read the script well before shoot days and come back to me with suggestions, with the exception of the DOP who worked closely with me on the shot lists no one did. I also did try to implement the DOP chain of command, with limited success.
My reflection for the future is to have a clear communication of role responsibilities. Also to implement a mechanism for criticism where all can contribute away from the cast, which can be communicated off set preferably via the DOP. I did feel that crew issues did deter from the ability to stay focused on the cast and the drama.
An additional learning here is the need develop a deeper partnership with the AD in future as this was a partnership which was not productive. The positives was the partnership with the the DOP, the editor and the producer. The cast throughout the shooting days were great.
Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, M. (2012) Directing: Film techniques and aesthetics. 5th edn. Waltham, MA: Taylor & Francis.