As stated in my last blog entry we decided to film some pick up shots so we had a bigger variety of clips to work with in the final edit. One problem that we faced in this shoot was that our original talent was not available, however our very own Sophie has years of ballet experience under her belt and the shots we required only focused on her feet so in the final edit you wouldn’t be able to notice that the shots are a mixture of two different people. We shot in the same studio as the previous shoot so continuity wasn’t an issue. Since we came into this shoot know exactly what we needed we finished in plenty of time so we managed to get some shots that we didn’t plan that work very well in the final edit.
Due to our dancer’s availability (lack of) I stood in as her ‘foot double’ and performed all the pointe work seen in the film. I enjoyed working with tom, helping me as it was a challenge being a camera operator and being front of the camera so Tom did the camera work for those shots and he allowed me to approve the shots. I feel like under the circumstances we all did very well with what we had.
Looking for the right type of music was really hard for this piece, I was searching for a dramatic, dark ballet piece however I couldn’t find anything, the music that ended up in the film is nice but I don’t think it goes with our original plan. I don’t think the music compliments the red, dark aesthetic of the film but I really could’t find the type of music I wanted, it completely juxtaposes the aesthetic however, I am very happy with the finished product. Due to issues with the dancer, the music and the locations I feel as though we have strayed from our original plan but nevertheless I like the finished product.
We ended up just filming in the black drama room with red lighting, we originally wanted to film ion about 10 locations but du to our dancers availability it just wasn’t possible. I really like the aesthetic of our film because then red lighting casts shadows which symbolises the darker side of ballet. we wanted to portray the pain and discipline of ballet and how difficult the reality of it is. we chose to used red lighting as it shows love and passion (the love the dancer has for ballet) however it also symbolises danger and hatred, i.e the love hate relationship and how much it hurts and how dangerous it is in terms of how physically challenging it is especially pointe work.
Overall the shoot went rather well. Despite our talent forgetting her pointe shoes we managed to push through and agreed as a group to shoot some pick up shots of said shoes at a later date, apart from this there were no other other problems faced. We all worked smoothly and efficiently to get the task done to the best standard we possibly could. As an editor I took a more back seat role during filming, only providing some input to the shots being film as well as holding the boom pole when needed.
After talking to Viv about our lack of locations and how we wanted to work with shadows, he helped us come up with a list of locations that are close by and easy to film at (e.g around uni). Some of the locations I was thinking about are;
- prison wall
- outside uni wall
- uni statue
- under bridge behind uni
- black drama studio