Firstly: the film.
This was all shot in a day (with one pickup shot done the next day), as part of a collaboration with my friend Bart from Forgotten Walrus Entertainment. You'll probably recognise him from a few videos I've posted here (Namely "Inside The Walrus" which was a doco I did as part of my film studies assignment last year). Bart has moved away from where I live, so when he contacted me about coming down for 4 days to do some filming, I jumped at the chance. I had all of about two days to dream up an idea (as did he), and this is what I came up with. We also shot another, which I'll post when it's done... but that one is his film. This one was under my control.
Things I learned from this shoot? Have a goddamn boom operator. I know my audio is cruddy for the most part, but in the end I was glad to have finally done a short film after all this time. I've been doubting my abilities as a film maker (figured I was destined to rot in videography for the rest of my life) for a few months now, after not coming up with any ideas for films. When Bart offered to travel down for some collaborating... I got my anus into gear and wrote whatever came to mind. My GH1 is becoming a pain in the ass. At least four times I had it crap out on me during a take. I guess the particular hack I'm using doesn't like trees, as every time I tried to film that wide shot of Bart in his car, it would stop 10 seconds into the recording. I love my tripod! Honestly, it's the film-makers best tool... I also love my shoulder mount, but I'm beginning to see just how useful this tripod is for film making (and not just videography).
For those that care for technical stuff:
This was all shot on the Panasonic GH1, kit 14-42mm lens and the Rode Videomic and Zoom H1 for audio. Edited all in Sony Vegas 11, with some audio parts tweaked in Adobe Audition.
All in all, this was a very fun shoot. I'm glad I got the opportunity to do it, but I'm prepared to step up my "game" for the next film.