Industrial Media 2-3: Lenny

Lenny exercise was a good experience to me which took me through the whole process from pre-production, via production to post-production. So I personally joined in every part of making a film, and we took turns on different roles on the set, differs from my previous experience of being single role in crews, I had a chance to know how individuals work with each other on the set, and should respect and make allowance for the others. Most importantly, knowing the relationship among the crew could help me quickly locating where the issues happened.

The order is important on the set, to achieve maximum efficiency and making every one working together as a team, the 1st AD is in charge of maintaining orders during shooting. I used to think making a film was all about being creative on the story and techniques, but ignored the non-creative works behind the scenes. After shooting Lenny VI, I have known whoever is on the set, doing the correct behaviors would always affect the quality of the outcome, and his/her future career.

The choosing of the locations could be very challenging too; it should be memorable to the audience by specific settings. Choosing a good location would spend lots of time, it is a good idea to find locations where have characters rather than generic places. Such as, we would better find a quaint boutique bookstore or a French café with a patio overlooking a park instead of just a bookstore or a restaurant. Some other things should be considered too like: the availabilities of accommodations, car parking, and electricity and so on. Finding the perfect location that works both inside as an interior and outside as an exterior may be difficult.  But we can film the exterior of a house and then use a different house’s interior, which gives us a more controlled environment.

I overall enjoyed the editing; we have got enough shots on story and actors, but need some B-roll shots which give the audience a good idea of the landscape that the character encounters. If we had more time I probably would get more shots for each scenes that have conversation from different angles, therefore I could avoid cutting back to the exact same angle every time. The tricky part of cutting is how to cut tight scenes without becoming too “cutty”, this means taking out some unnecessary pauses between actors’ delivery dialogue of lines, or tightening the gaps within dialogue sentences through the use if carefully placed cutaways.

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