We’ve made it to the end! My last few months of Full Sail are finally here! In the month of February, we shot our final student project film. With a team of 20+ people we pulled off creating a 10 minute film over the course of 4 shoot days. Our movie, originally titled, Take a Seat, is the story of a relationship between a young boy and his mom. Tyler, the main character, feels that his therapist mother, Alyssa, doesn’t pay enough attention to him. He gets in trouble at school a lot, and is just a misunderstood kid. As the film wraps up, Alyssa and Tyler learn to understand one another. It’s a great story, and has excellent performances from Cooper Chapman and Courtney Bahr.
In my previous post, I talked about the responsibilities and skills of a Script Supervisor. Essentially, I make sure that there is enough coverage of each scene, so that later, in post production, we can cut together the movie. If a line is skipped, or an action missed, I’m there to notify the director. In the picture below, I have the Pre-Lined Script on the backside of my clipboard. This gives me information about each shot and what the Director of Photography and Director originally intended to cover. On the other side I’m writing on what are called “Opposite Pages.” These pages indicate how long each shot was, the take, the circle take (Best Take) comments about the shot, and a description of the shot. My headphones are hooked up directly to the production audio, so I can hear what the actors are saying during the shot, even if I’m not in the room. I use my iPhone as a timer, but also to take sweet Instagrams. 🙂
For the majority of the shoot, we shot in a beautiful home here in Winter Park. Shout out to our UPM, Tyler Beals, and our Location Manager, Olen Humphries, for finding such amazing locations for our movie. Shooting in the house each day gave me such a good feeling! It always felt like coming home, plunking down at the island, pulling my laptop out and starting the day! We couldn’t get too comfortable, as the home was actually up for sale… so we laid cardboard and bubble wrap on every surface imaginable. When it was time to shoot, we would pull a layer of cardboard off the floor, get the camera and tripod in, and start our scene. Our movie was filmed with an Arri Alexa, that was operated by the talented Owen Iaquinto and Vinnie Zullo, under the direction of Michael Tilley.
I had such an amazing time working on this set. It was the first time here at Full Sail that it really was all up to the students to make it happen. With little instructor help, we made a movie. Our teachers were of course always near by to offer insight, but this one was really up to us. It felt great doing my job, and knowing the ins and outs of the set. I’ve been with this class for almost a year now, and I think that these few days of shooting will always be the most special to me.
It’s no secret that I’m not the absolute biggest fan of Florida. In fact, I’m really looking forward to graduating in May. I am so beyond psyched for this next part of life. But, the friendships and memories that I’ve made in the past year will make that departure a lot more difficult. The talent, intelligence and motivation that they all bring each day is invigorating. I feel very lucky to have met such awesome people and wish nothing but the best for each of them.
Ahmad Merhi, the director and writer of the movie, and I are putting the film together this month in our Advance Post Production class. It cuts together quite nicely, and I think it’s really good! Honestly, it’s hard to tell after being a part of pre-production, seeing the script go through multiple versions, rehearsing it, filming it, and now editing it over and over again… BUT I’m sure it’ll be awesome; I’m stoked to share it with my family at Gradfest.
Photos by Freddy Villamizer Nieves