My One and Only Love
Main role: Director of Photography
During the pre-production, we’ve had severals meetings with the director Lana Luchka to try to capture her visions and translate that to the big screen. This project was quite ambitious because involved many locations and significant numbers of actors, but also a big crew compared to previous projects.
I invited to be the Camera Operator, my colleague Douglas Kwan who helped me create the film accordingly to the director’s visions. Douglas has a great technical knowledge of camera, lens, and light which was very important to bring the film to life. I learned a lot with this project.
We had few issues as we would expect from a production of this level, but we always managed to talk to each other and get the thing done and move on with it.
The film was shot with a Panasonic GH4 which was the first time I work with on set. We’ve spent four days shooting this video in four different locations. Some of the days were very bad weather so we’ve had to postpone the shooting to another day when the weather was not too bad. It turned out to be the best choice, especially because of light conditions.
Secondary role: First Sound Assistant/Casting Assistant
For this project I was invited by Sandra Petry to help them during the casting auditions and then she asked me if I would like to be the sound assistant as well on the shooting day. I promptly accepted the offer because I had worked with Sandra in previous assignments and I truly loved her professionalism and care with All members of crew and cast, leaving no room for complaints. It is always very pleasant to be on set with them.
My role as a Casting Assistant was to pick up the actors and take them to the audition room. For this role, you must always be polite and make sure the cast are happy and comfortable by offering them some coffee or teas so they can deliver their best. And then when they finished their audition I always make sure they were comfortable to leave the place, and many time I guided them back to the nearest station.
On the first day of shooting, one of the actors didn’t show up, but then one of our colleagues step in and saved the day. It turned out to be more than the right choice to substitute the other actor for him.
We had a bit of sound interference during the takes, especially airplanes and kids playing on a nearby playground. But we managed to film in time everything.
On the last day of shooting, I felt terrible sick with a nasty back pain, which made me feel very uncomfortable. I was afraid to do a mistake that could cause any disruption to the shooting. But thanks, God, I also managed to finish the shooting day without any trouble. I had such warm help from everyone on set which I think THAT was the reason I could go on until the end. This is what I would call a great team work!
Secondary role: First Assistant Camera
Working for 4Exit Production was a great experience, not only because was the first time I worked on set with many of the crew members but also because I learned a lot about Set Designer and what is taken to be the First AC. The D.O.P for this film was Douglas Kwan who invited me to take on this role. I believe I did a good job by assisting the D.O.P with lights and lens.
On the last shooting day, I wasn’t required to be present because the location was too small, so the producer decided to cut down the number of crew due to the limited space.
Overall, I am happy with the opportunity to work with this group and I am confident that I made new friends alongside!