I admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for actors, and although the shoot yesterday was rushed, I enjoyed it. The idea was to get publicity shots for a three actor play in a rehearsal type space. Both the director and I thought we were going to have a lighting guy around but he was very busy and only had about five minutes to give us, so he showed the lighting panel to someone who had never seen a lighting panel before -- gave her a bunch of instructions about which buttons to press -- all very computerized -- and left. It is similar to showing a computer program like Microsoft Word to someone for the first time and saying -- you see -- that's how it works. Let me know if you have any problems.
We fumbled around with this for about ten minutes -- and came up with something -- not really what I wanted and the actors: one black woman in a white tee shirt, an older black actor and a very white guy all had to be done in the same shot. In other words, high contrast stuff, and eventually I pulled out the flash just to try and even things out a bit.
The director rehearsed them a little and we looked for spots where there would be some interesting moments, and there may have been. We'll see.
Bringing the tripod was, as I guessed, a waste since I was scrambling around to get various angles that wouldn't show the backdrop, that would have all three actors with some sort of design element -- in other words -- work fast and move on to the next setup.
But, as I say -- I think I have a great empathy for actors in general. They all have a certain bravery to get up there and expose their souls to the slings and arrows of outrageous critics, audiences, and the like.
The odds of any one of them making a living at it are about equal to hitting the lottery. It's one of those things that you've just really got to be passionate about -- or there's no way you are going to get through it.
Anyway -- there wasn't time to really check the lighting -- I could see that it was uneven -- so I tried to do about half the shots with flash, and the other half without it. I think I caught a couple of good moments.
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