I directed my first short film this past week.
Okay, so I have a lot to catch you guys up on in regards to my goings-on in the film industry. I’ve had quite the interesting summer.
I got offered six roles this summer, only two of which I actually auditioned for. One was a lead in a short film which I was excited about, but it got cancelled unfortunately. It happens. One was a small part in a television pilot that I got to do with my sister for some actor friends of ours. One was a small part in another actor friend’s web series. Three I couldn’t do because I was or am out of town. Which sucks. I wish I could have done it all.
This summer also consisted of me and a friend creating our production company, Pippin Productions. I wasn’t in town for the filming of our first project, a short film I wrote called Sleepover. However, I was there for the second project, another short film called SIV (based on this), which I directed. It’s not edited yet, but I’m very excited about it.
I’ve never directed a short film before. Coming up with and writing the script wasn’t too difficult because it’s based on a short story I already wrote (which was the sequel to another short story I already wrote). I did end up adding a few scenes that you won’t find in the script or the original story. I added these in the storyboard. I drew out nearly every scene, cut by cut, until I had what was essentially a map to follow as we were shooting.
For the shoot, I had some awesome people to help out. On the first day, there was Eric holding the boom mic, Bruce on sound, and I was on camera. The cast consisted of Sydney, Ania (my partner for PP), and Chris, who helped with the clapper after his scenes were done. Eric wasn’t available for day two, but Chris was done his scenes by then and did the boom and the clapper. Everyone helped out with suggestions for the scenes or the lighting and it felt like a true collaboration. It was such a great vibe, even though the room was warm and we were all sweating and some scenes took up to eight or so takes. Whew!
When I estimated a two-day shoot, I had no idea it would be an exact, chalk-full, two day shoot. I’m glad I didn’t estimate any less or I’m sure the cast and crew would’ve done a mutiny, haha. (Oh god, I really hope not.)
So. I directed a short film. I loved it.
For updates on SIV the Short Film, you can follow Pippin Productions:
And boy do I have a treat for you tomorrow.