As the days get closer to shoot, things start to get more and more intense. For an example you might experience heat waves, high blood pressure, biting your nails way too often and eating too much or none at all. No worries, I found these symptoms were normal before a first-time shoot, but going through the process my advice is to stay hydrated and like always keep calm things will go much smoother.
Two days before the shoot, I neatly organized my equipment that I would be using on set. Later that day I found myself looking over my script again and again, that's when I decided to call one of my good friends from the same program to revise it one last time. After, I felt more comfortable with the new changes.
The day of the shoot, I got up early to set up and to get breakfast for my little cast. As I was waiting they all showed up right on time and also brought food to share. Things started out great. The location was taken place in a room of a house that was getting remodeled, but we had to move to the kitchen because of space and it just seemed a lot more going than a plane room.
Couple challenges I faced was communicating beforehand. I was lucky enough to have great people work around my schedule but I should have set the date ahead a time, I kinda slack in that area but I'm glad I learned from it. Another challenge was having to explain questions to people multiple times in different departments. I felt like I repeated myself quite a lot and not really making myself clear. Part of it was because I was distracted trying to help others when I wanted to focus more on the image. It's understandable for the first time and also when having a small crew, I kinda had to be everywhere. It was little too much to handle but I'm happy for the experience and excited to improve in that area for the next time. Last trouble I ran into was having trouble transferring media from the memory card into my computer, it was scary and it also took a long time but I was finally able to get it through.
Couple great highlights were the people I had on set. Everyone had an amazing attitude which made it so much fun to work with. Some were just funny and others were open, this amazing vibe just spread around quickly. One other thing about my crew was they all came to work hard and to help me achieve the goal I had. I just felt so thankful to work with them all and to get to know each one of them a little bit better. if it wasn't for them this experience would have been a lot more different. We were able to be done within 3hours of hard work.
Afterward, I felt so much relaxed knowing I was done with a huge commitment. Overall it was the best first time shooting one if my actual scripts, I learned a lot about myself and learned things I didn't think I knew how to do. I am glad the school took it importantly and made it a requirement.