BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKING TEAM Today we officially moved into our brand new filmmaking office. It is all neatly set out into different areas, with an ideas table, and areas for storyboarding, camera storage and job sheets. We have got our own telephone, and even a biscuit dispenser! Once we settled in, we had a look to see if our company had any jobs and were pleased to find that we had a new job just come in today. It was from Into Film and the brief was to make a two-minute film.
The creative minds started whirring around the IDEAS TABLE. There was one idea around the theme of gangs and it was decided to try a test shoot to see how it might work. Two members of the team picked up a camera from the storage area and went out to experiment. There was some other discussions about the nature of the space around us: Indoor/Outdoor, Up/Down, Something/Nothing. Ideas are good - we will save that one and have a look at it next time.
NEW EQUIPMENT FOR OUR OFFICE We were delighted that we had a delivery of new equipment for our office. There was a tripod, an iPad holder and an ANIMATION STATION! We are going to have to learn how to use all of this new equipment, so we jumped straight in and set up the tripod, careful to make sure the bubble on the tripod was in the circle as this meant the tripod was level.
The Animation Station gives us extra choices for our film now. We thought about the kind of things that might be put onto the Animation Station. We could use coloured paper to make the ground and the sky, and clouds, the sun, trees and all kinds of things. We could also make people, but we wondered how they would stand up. If they were made from card, perhaps they could have extra bits at the bottom of their legs which could be folded back ...
The figures looked good but it was hard for them to stand up, especially if they had big heads. Someone suggested that maybe we could use the 3D printer that sits in the corner of our office to make the characters we need. This was a great idea, and plans were made to ask the 3D printer expert in the building if this was possible.