Thursday, February 29, 2024

Hold My Beer Crew Meeting

In preparation for the start of filming next month (!), we held a Hold My Beer crew-only meeting this past Sunday.
When I was a production assistant on another film set last September, one thing I noticed was how seamlessly the crew there worked together. That was due in part to their experience, not only individually, but with each other. While our crew does have a few people with extensive filming experience, we've never worked together before, so the main purpose of the meeting was to go over our methodology and get on the same page.

One of the items we had to decide on was how we're going to, in filmmaking parlance, "call the roll," which is when people say cool things like "roll camera" and "scene one, take one," and "action." There are different ways to do this, but we settled on what is a pretty standard approach according to the research I did (which involved reading numerous websites as well as watching the movie Living In Oblivion).

We also went over the fact that, this being a low-budget production with limited resources, we're just going to have to do the very best we can with what we have. This means focusing on stuff that really matters, like sound, lighting, and performance, while possibly letting go of other things that would be nice to have but aren't completely crucial, like airtight continuity (after all, thanks to this experience, I now catch continuity errors in big-budget productions all the time).

Anyway, while we won't really be sure of how things are going to go until we actually get on set, I feel a little more prepared, and I'm really grateful for everyone's participation and support.

More updates to come!

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