I've recently been exploring 35mm film photography to better understand light and the process. It's been so exciting no knowing precisely what will happen and learning from the results. Furthermore, film handles saturated color beautifully. Here are some of my favorite images from my first three rolls.
Picture is locked on The Stranger, my thesis film. We're currently in sound design. A friend of mine compared the stills of the storyboard images to that of the final product and challenged me to do the same to see how much variance I had, keeping in mind that change can often be for the better.
I was happy to find that most of the shot my DP and I planned were 99% the frame we shot. There were subtle deviations of angle, often to better emphasize the moment or find more depth in the frame, but our ability to visualize what we were looking before shooting felt very strong. that pre-visualization came through the edit - there was only one or two frames I wished I could have adjusted slightly for story purposes. Overall, I was very happy with what we planned and what we ended up with - two very similar products.
Below are two examples of my comparisons. The first is one of the the most varied shots in the film. The top image is the storyboard, the bottom image was captured on set for the final cut.
Below is a good example of how most of our shots lined up with the storyboarded images. Again, the top frame is the planned image and the bottom is the final version.
If nothing else, I'm proud of how our two years studying film has taught us to be efficient, economical, and exact. We're flexible on set if a better idea presents itself, but we're also able to speculate in advance to save ourselves precious time when shooting. Comparing that skill to what we accomplished on our first projects here is day and night!
I had the unique opportunity this semester to help some of our international students with their scripts for their second short films at FSU. They're brilliant story tellers who were looking for a second pair of eyes to make sure the English within the script (particularly the dialogue) flowed.
I loved learning the deeper intention behind their stories and helping them find a way to bring it to life a different culture. The films will hopefully turn out beautifully and speak to deep, human truths as the writers hoped they would.
It also reminded me how easy it is to get stuck in my own perspective and how valuable it is to pick up someone else's point of view and try it on - especially when telling stories.
For our semester break, I photographed my sister and her wonderful roommate. Here are some of our creations. It was so fun play with color.
This week marks the beginning of our final semester in FSU's MFA Film Production program. This semester we will be editing our thesis films, working on marketing materials, and preparing ourselves for life after grad school.
Part of the summer will be working on a feature screenplay with the guidance of the illustrious Victoria Meyer. I've never met someone who understands story so deeply. I'm so grateful to witness her expertise in action.
In addition, I'll be collaborating with my editor (and co-writer and production designer), Carolina Garrigo; my composer, David Urbinatti; and my colorist (and Director of Photography), Layne Inselman - as well as working on sound design, and press kit materials.
It's a full docket for my classmates and professors getting sixteen films prepared to screen and enter the world in August. However, we're so excited to finish these projects and tackle the next round. Wish us luck!