One of the toughest things about producing an indie film, or in my case a Proof Of Concept trailer, is getting people to help you. It’s really tough to get a crew together working for nothing besides some food or a few beers at the end of the day. On the other side of things it’s usually not a problem to get actors for nothing. But, that said, they have something to take away from the project: footage for their reel. A boom op doesn’t necessarily get the same artistic/career pay off.
While I’ve been shooting the Proof of Concept trailer for Jones McCree I’ve had to go out and get some shots on my own. Since I wrote the script for myself, I’m always available. haha. Shooting alone limits me to a stationary camera, but beyond that I’ve got a world of options and, especially, time. If a static shot isn’t gonna work for the scene, I work within more usual confines and set it up with my DP. But if I think I can do it alone, I’ll give it a shot. (That unintended pun was so bad I’m gonna leave it in.)
Here’s two examples from a couple set-ups I shot on my own. I had the bonus of no dialogue in these scenes, but I’ve done scene’s with dialogue on my own as well. I guess technically that would be a monologue, but you get the point.
First, a night in the McCree household:
And second, a usual morning for Jones:
Granted these are pretty simple set-ups. I played with the lighting until I got something I was happy with and then hit record. But that said, this is one of the things that I love most about shooting DSLR. I was able to create the image with one or two lights and make a bunch of on-camera adjustments. And the DSLR makes it so easy to go back and watch a take and make adjustments. All of that would be so much more cumbersome to do on my DVX100, for example.