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Lessons 2, 3 & 4 | 08/15/13, & 08/20/13 Posted on 2013-08-29 by Connor Saxe

So, I realize I'm falling behind on the blog entries. I'm not, however falling behind on the lessons or the assignments, though, which is a good thing. Probably a first for academic-related activites since middle school, for me, too.

I've been working with Mr. Schilling pretty regularly, usually twice a week now, if not more, and sometimes on weekends, too. I've already gotten to work as his assistant on a number of other shoots, now, including a 2-day shoot (well, 2 half-days, really) filming mock interviews for employees of Bayer Crop Sciences who were attending a convention at a local hotel on the 14th and 15th this month. While the content wasn't all that exciting, it was good insight into how to work sucessfully with big-name corporate entities and their "white collar" employees, who are mostly there on business; how to behave around them- that kind of stuff.

More recently, I've been working with Mr. Schilling to improve my directorial skills; particularly my cinematography and reasoning behind it. I realized early on that I get so into working with the camera, that I forget to think things through all the way, and end up with poorly executed shots that look truly, embarassingly amateur, by my own admission. I've started trying to take his advice to heart: remembering to set up the camera properly, always using the tripod and never holding the camera or zooming in or out unless necessary; making notes about what I want in each shot and why, and taking those notes with me into the field to reference to keep myself organized and on track.

Just this week, I've started watching the 12 movies I picked out for analyzing and draying inspiration from for my own movie and the script I'm going to be writing for it over the course of the program. It's a lot of content to wade throguh and write about, but I think it's going to be enjobable anyway, and probably insightful, too.

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