|"I'm not really your uncle. I'm a decorative wine bottle"
||[Nov. 7th, 2007|12:43 pm]
That's the view from the stage of theater one at the new Drafthouse at the Ritz. The stage itself is crazy. It's super-wide (the width of the screen), somewhat shallow (2 feet), and 3 feet tall. You'd seriously do some damage to yourself if you were to fall off the edge. Overall, the theater's really nice. It has that new building smell, still.
Last night's 321 Kill! went pretty well. I was particularly happy with my team's 2nd and 3rd beats. The team was me, Jastroch, Kaci, and Justin. I was directing/running the camera. I was a little hesitant to direct in the first beat because the game/concept I'd had in mind got tossed away almost immediately and it threw me a bit. But I seized control in the 2nd and 3rd beats and that was a lot of fun. It was also the first time I'd filmed in widescreen (16:9) mode on the XL-1. Oddly enough, since it's simulating widescreen, my overall field of vision seemed dramatically reduced. I kept having to bark at the actors to squeeze in tighter to be in frame.
But yeah, it was fun, and those people who actually saw the show tell me it went well.
I still want to start from scratch and completely rethink how we do the filming. I'd like to play more to the camera... do things like parents' last videotaped words to their kids, narrated off camera walking, etc... I'd also like to figure out a way to eliminate or minimize the seconds between filming that allow people to stop improvising and start thinking too much.