Daren FreaseAustin Film Connection

Sequencing, writing, and shooting a promotional golf course video. Posted on 2015-11-24 by Daren Frease

     This past week I went on a shoot at a golf course. This was a lot of fun! I got to see MTF (The production company I'm interning at) shoot someone golfing, and explaining how the sport works, and what he does to make a successfull shot.

     I set up reflectors a lot, and aimed them, so they took the shadow off of the subjects face, and got a lot of practice doing that. I learned that an FS-100 camera has 1080p, and shoots slow motion. I'm not sure if it shoots better slow motion than dlsr's, but I'm assuming since it's so expensive it does.

     I learned that C-stands are really good for holding up feflectors, as well as microphones, and even cameras! A guy there filming mounted a camera on a c-stand with a little stick that sticks in the bottom of the camera, then sticks in the hole of the c-stand, that gets tightened. I was surprised a c-stand was reliable enough to hold up a camera, but it did.

     I think at this point I really need to study all of the film terms, like a bounce, a scrim, a stinger, hot points, juicer, etc. I learned a lot of those, not just on this shoot, but on others as well. I need to know those better than I do, but I'm getting there.

     Another thing I got to do, was drive golf carts around a lot. I got to carry equipment, and drive from one location to the other a bunch of times, and that was really fun. I've never driven a golf cart before.

     I think some of the biggest things I learned from this shoot, are how to set up lights, reflectors, and microphones, so the lighting looks good, and the microphone is out of the shot. Also, I learned that a big part of the work for shooting someone for a vidoe like this, is setting up the lights, getting the camera's at the angles you need them at, decide which camera will be a wide shot, and which one will be a close up, and if you need any more shots than those two camera angles. 

      Sometimes if you're getting a close up, a lense with the least amount of millimeters is fine, but if you're getting a couple angles from a ways away, you'll want at least a 25-50 millimeter lense to capture a good shot. That's my personal opinion.

     Right now, for my script I've written sumarries for each act of my screenplay, (Four acts total) and this week I've been working on sequencing the first act. I did my best to write down summaries of what happens in each scene, and identify the scenes in act 1, and I'm not positive I sequenced it correctly. I used a scene from Jack And The Bean Stalk that my screenwriting mentor sent me, and tried to follow that example the best that I could. I did it right to my knowledge, but I'll see what he says tonight.

     So, that's what I've been up to. I had a lot of fun on that shoot that I went on, and  I'm getting better at remembering all of the terms. And it's been really fun to piece together my screenplay, I've really learned a lot about writing as well.


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