Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nuts-and-Bolts for Film Pre-Production Package, Shotlist Sample from Michael Hanrahan for Ty-Warner Sea Center

In class, Michael Hanrahan explained to us that a "Shotlist" is like a grocery-store to-do list for film. It's very important to collect shotlists, especially if you have a very specific style you are shooting for in a film, and need to string the images with a unique level of connectedness. I admit I did not have an on-scene or pre-prep shotlist, primarily because I was thrown into a Black Box of crab fishing and didn't know what to expect. Ultimately, randomness of a black box slowly started to sort out into patterns and rhythmic behaviors and predictability. And then, with each trial of filming, my motions became more smooth, rhythmic, and creatively daring! I think I become more daring and experimental with each trial of filming, simply because I get bored of the mechanics of the previous trial. I always escape reptition, and try to break habits. I always try to expand my box of perception and action!

Once a system becomes predictable (like the rock crab fishing industry system), then I can make a shotlist, because I know what to expect! I think in part, Michael was expecting us to plan and predict too much, to a point where no one was going out and filming. I kind of knew the only way I would learn is to drop myself into the black box of the outdoors. I kind of knew that I had to set aside all this "planning and predicting" of filming in class, and just go fall off a log, and bruise my knees! Because ultimately, planning and predicting doesn't apply to the FIRST TIME you ever do anything!

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