Holy shoot, I just finished putting together a short film for this cinema class in place of the final paper. Honestly I never thought that one of my scripts would ever come to life, even a small school project. It is like a dream come true, yet still slightly disappointing. I wish I had the skill and the equipment to get EXACTLY what was in my head when I wrote the story.
I never thought it would be so grueling and time consuming to make a short film. Just the filming process was a mountain. Given with all the BTS and documentaries I watch about movie making, you would think I would have understood what I was getting into, but I was still swamped with the process of making and finishing it up.
My first trial with this project was editing my original script into something that could be easily done and low budget. When I had written the script two years ago I never thought that I would ever be filming it. It was exciting, but I had to change up the original plot due to a drastic change in setting and time. I got it done, but it killed me to change my characters and the story I had written for them. Thankfully I only changed the version for filming and kept the original draft with my originals.
My second trial was explaining how the characters had to be portrayed. Given that our team wasn’t a professional crew for filming, we get an A for effort. They weren’t professional actors, they weren’t even interested in acting, but they agreed to be a part of the film because it was a fun idea. Originally we had people in the drama class that agreed to be a part of the film, but due to scheduling conflicts they had to decline in the end.
The last and most tiring trial was the post editing process. I am blessed and thankful for having such a great team, they were true sports and edited the whole thing themselves. The end result was amazing for a school project done with no money. I only helped out with the soundtrack and music. They were put through about two weeks of looking at themselves and edited ALL of the footage we had.
All in all this was a fun experience, but I wouldn’t want to do it again unless I really knew exactly what I was doing.