On set at a fellow student filmmakers’ shoot, I took some pictures to capture what the glamorous hours of “show business” look like for student films.
The student co-director waits for his shooting location to close before bringing in the equipment. It turned out that one box, the one with the lens in it, was missing from the pile. The production was held up about 45 minutes as a crew member went back for it.
The directors and crew set up a scene while the tired actor waits, their shoot going late into the night and into the next day. Shooting that day had about 7 or 8 different set ups, each needing rearrangement of lights, camera, tripod, actors, and audio that could take from 10 to 20 minutes to set up.
The actor performs a take. The directors had the talent perform anywhere between 2 and 8 takes of the same scene, from multiple angles. Some reasons to stop a take included the audio recording shutting off, an interrupting background noise, or actors and crew laughing at the lines during the take.
The slate lies next to a light and location prop from the market, waiting for its moment to mark the shot. After helping set up equipment, my entire job for the night was to change the slate and mark each shot. Slates can be marked entirely with the marker, or taped with the permanent information as above (deemed a “fancy slate” by one of the directors)