Over the course of this past month I have worked with my small cast toward the daunting task of shooting footage. Overall, it went fairly smoothly, having only a few issues technically like the green screen coming untaped from the wall, cameras acting shady, and lights mysteriously turning off in the middle of shooting.
One of the more difficult aspects of filming was the fact that I, admittedly, am no director. When trying to film a movie as rapidly as possible to make deadlines as well as giving my actors time to make their own, we don't exactly have hours to pine over finding the perfect facial expression for every line. We worked well on this, but I do believe that the acting in the film could be improved with more time for direction, and of course re-shoots are not off the table.
A problem that, while only occurring a few times, acted as a major setback was actors-- or more the fact that I was not using professional actors. Everyone makes mistakes, and it is inevitable that issues come up when multiple people need to communicate. Between not showing up because they were unaware of it being a shoot day (reading the schedule wrong), and forgetting costumes and costume pieces, we would have had three additional class periods to work on shooting, which would have been helpful for dramatic or difficult scenes.
All in all, the experience of filming my movie really thought me how hard it is to do everything you want in an environment where "time is money", or in my case, where time is grades.
Bellow is a short sneak-peak of my movie, this is just a rough edit!