Eyes of Lenses // Edition #5

EOL Title Card Keeping these things short and sweet as practical exercises dominated the week. This week, in particular, was dedicated to testing out lighting - first Rembrandt on Monday, then setting up a good looking interview scene on Tuesday.

Monday: Gaffer Guy

Not only was Monday the day in where I had been bestowed with the infamous and well-sought after SIT Film Crew Hi-Vis jacket, but was also one where I experianced the trivial life and partial day of a Gaffer.

I must say, although I wasn't given much direction from the cinematographer (due to Gillies' strict dicatorship regime paper of instructions), gaffing was a neat little thing.

However, considering the fact that I'm not great with cords or setting lights up - I may focus my 'on-set-duties-to-fulfil' on another role. Duly note that roles that I want to focus on, and develop my skills in for the rest of the time I have at SIT, are as follows:

  1. Editing
  2. Screenwriting
  3. Camera
  4. Assistant Directing

Getting back to the exercise at hand, the results weren't as great as they could have been. This was partly due to the fact that the background was too close to the subject - which created some rather harsh shadows since light was directly on Matt, at times - and that the camera was looking straight at towards the subject, thus, straight towards the backdrop - which is bad and didn't create any symmetry.

P.S: Gillies also wanted to break the confinds of the experiment by moving the position of a light and although our group were forced in making that change [dictatorship regime], it still broke the controlled variable aspect of the experiment and therefore made it unvalid and a failure, somewhat.

Tuesday: Part Gaff, Part Face.

Gillies gave us a chance to work together. That's myself, Tyler Baikie and Matt Van Dorrestein. We usually cause some interesting discussions to take place and cause varients within the lesson of the day as well. Remember that all of this is in the name of good, light-hearted and educational entertainment - as provided by The Dynamic Duo™.

Anyway, back to the situation at hand - the class was commissioned to shoot a lighted scene (TPL Scheme), that was good for filming one subject in an interview-like sitaution. As soon as we had the gear, lights and everything else on standby - we got right to work.

Although I helped in establishing stands and lights, ready to be taken to their final places, and seeing what could be done with the background to create depth/fundimental difference between subject and background, Tyler + Matt did the rest.

In the end, Tyler suggested to use a 'Cookie' and pass light through it - creating shadows, that when seen in the camera (whilst the frame is somewhat tight on the subject from the chest up) blurred the lines of the shadows and became a soft contrast between subject and background.

We got A+. Apparently.

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