Chocolate! Film Pre-Production

Director’s Journal

bakelite beauty by Robert Couse-Baker
on Flickr.com

Summary

Pre-Production for People With Ten Fingers started with storyboarding the film using camera positioning, edits and blocking as an influence for the storyboard. The second day was continuation and finishing of the storyboard. Day 3 and 4 took place in the theatre for scouting, blocking, sound, cinematography and so on. Day 5 and 6 were updating blog days and getting everything ready for production. The 4 Cinematic Storytelling elements used in this production are

20 – Film Element; Mise-En-Scene

40 – Film Element; Symbolic Use of Music

58 – Film Element; Close-up (CU)

61- Film Element; Over-The-Shoulder Shot (OTS)

Explanation of Film Vision

My vision for this film for to make the audience feel suspense for the first part of the movie as the audience does not know why the second person is mad, and by the end of the film to feel as the plot twist is silly and kind of funny. The reason I want to make this film is to work on my ability to use blocking and camera position to portray meaning in an effective way.

Target Audience

The target audience is teenagers specifically 15 – 18-year-olds. The intended reaction should be suspense then energetic or happy.

Genre/ Style of the Film

The genre of this film is a mix of drama/comedy because there is an element of tension before we find out that the other main character is mad about chocolate, which is funny and therefore comedic. The style of this film is Classic Hollywood Cinema, as it follows classic continuity and Hollywood styles.

Influence from Other Films

Director Steven Spielberg – Use of the extreme close-up of a character’s face, known as “The Spielberg Face.”

Consultations with Production Team

Corrin-Storyboard-Whole by Anne Johnston on Flickr.com
Script Pre-Production Chocolate! by natalieleidelmeijer on Flickr.com
Corrin List Pre Production Chocolate! by natalieleidelmeijer on Flickr.com

Location Scouting

This is the team scouting the theater location

IMG_3867 by Anne Johnston on Flickr.com
IMG_3870 by Anne Johnston on Flickr.com
IMG_3871 by Anne Johnston on Flickr.com

Casting Decisions

The actors we will use for our film production will be provided by another team we will be working with. However, we do not know exactly who these people will be. The actors we are providing for the other group is Emily and me. Emily was chosen because she has a background in acting and wants to act in this production and I also want to act in the film.

Permissions

It is not pictured however our production team was given permission to use the theater for filming by Mr. Le Duc and Mrs.Cummins.

Scheduling

Scheduling is mentioned in the summary, however, our schedule revolved around what Mr. Le Duc had planned for the day.

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

What I learned from being a director is that everyone looks to you for decisions. You are the backbone of the crew and if you aren’t prepared, neither is the crew. Problems that I had to solve during pre-production included having to help sound designer, cinematographer, and editor by giving them the advice to solve their problems, and I also helped keep everyone relaxed when they were stressed about production.

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