I took the leading role in directing and co-producing a one minute film about Kayo and his life as a young poet. Here is the finished work:
The original idea for this film was to shoot it all in one cut in a 360° view. Below is an example of a one shot video:
However, I had to slightly change the idea of the film as the poem I chose to use was longer than one minute. I decided to use extracts from the poem instead and to make the film a short interview/documentary. But one thing we did keep – the 360° view which I was really happy about as I wanted to experiment with that kind of style.
I enjoyed working with Kayo and trying to generate ideas for the film. I actually found directing the shoot quite difficult as I’m not used to lead roles and have never really directed before. I got some feedback from other people, during the shoot and in the editing studio and will take them all on board.
- Interview techniques: work on getting better/more interesting answers from the interviewee
- Check camera/sound settings are correct
I think I have been given useful feedback and they will definitely help me for future projects. I’ve learnt a lot about leadership, I’ve learnt that people rely on you heavily and that you’ve got to be quick in getting all the required information. A crew member was unsure of what her role was, I now know that we need to establish roles sooner. Planning the shoot went quite well but there was a big mistake – I didn’t have Kayo’s contact number! I managed to get it in the end, in time for the shoot. Having just his email address made the planning slower than it should have been.
If I was to do this differently for next time, I’d maybe think about doing the interview in a different style – maybe in one location instead of a couple of different locations.