Shot the teaser for my new film last night. It didn't go exactly as planned..
1. my camera went out yet again. Its def. going back this time. I'm tempted to send it back, have them repair. and sell it on ebay. And buy a t3i or 60d. I know they are repairing it.. but I'm just having bad luck. We filmed it on a t3i and 7d instead.
2. of the 6 fog machines I brought, only 1 worked reliably.. and then it even crapped out. On top of that my DP was taking so long to get the shot set up, that by the time the fog was looking good.. we weren't shooting...
3. This was the first time I've actually had the directors position. It was awkward, because my DP had a hard time.. just doing that. I could tell he wasn't happy about it, and he made little comments towards me the entire time when people would ask him things like "I dunno ask "the boss" and little remarks like that. I'm not sure if he was being funny or what, but it felt like he was being antagonistic.
4. I shot some of the shots myself, because he was just taking way too long. My actress was freezing to death and at some points we'd have her out there thinking he was ready to shoot, and she'd stand in the cold for 30 minutes doing nothing. I almost lost her several times due to that.
5. I'm watching the footage now, and all the shots I did look fine. You can see everything your supposed to. I had another friend of mine come down and he ran b camera, and all his stuff looks fine. Some of the stuff Doug shot looks fine, but a large chunk of it looks almost unusably dark. I was trying to look at the viewfinder when he was shooting to make sure it was looking like I wanted, and I could have sworn it didn't look that dark on the LCD.. coincidence?
6. At this point I'm uncertain about the future of the project in terms of who will be reprising their roles, or in my DP's case swapping to something else. He seemed to have a really hard time letting me direct, and seemed almost offended by the idea that someone with less experience (as far as he was concerned) was doing it. That may not have been the case, but I felt very uncomfortable at times, and now going back and looking at the footage.. its like.. the stuff that took me no time to shoot, because I didn't lollygag looks the best, while the stuff that took an hr to setup looks the worse.
I dunno if I can do anything about it in post, but I'm going to see.. we shot in neutral on both cameras.. we had to bump up to 800 iso on some shots, and as low as 200. I don't know if part of the issue was that my DP has had very little experience with DSLR's. If I can fix this dark footage, I should be ok.. the rest looks pretty good I think.