Until recently I have never picked up a camera before. I had also never assembled a tri-pod, really understood what an SD card was for or owned a hard drive. Within two weeks I had done all of those things and more.
I was tasked with filming three simple scenes using different camera techniques such as wide shot or close up. Initially I was afraid of biting off more than I can chew and decided to start small and film scenes that I knew I could handle, this included shots in my bedroom and outside of my house. For the most part keeping things simple helped but as I was so new to this I ran into unexpected problems like fixing the white balance when I went outside and how to screw my camera into the plate. I’ll admit that I had to Face Time a friend for help about screwing the camera plate.
During the production I also ran into my fair share of issues. Lighting was something I never truly appreciated for how difficult it is. Looking back now I would have shot things completely differently and I’m almost embarrassed with how some scenes came out. I almost wish that I had a co-director to help me out with things that I may have missed. For example somebody else behind the camera could have noticed better locations for me to film the bathroom pan shot.
Looking back I can say that I did some things successfully such as the continuation in my first two shots where the cup is picked up in the first then continued in the second. If I could have done anything differently I might have started filming earlier in the day or selected a different day all together to get better lighting. I also might have filmed in a different location all together as I felt like my house was somewhat limiting and restrictive to what I wanted to achieve. All in all I think I did a good job for my first time ever using a camera and I enjoyed myself enough that I am looking forward to what my future films will look like.