Firstly for this unit we each had to adapt and direct one of the 8 scripts, seeing as mine was one of them I was unable to do it and had to choose another. I choose “Escape” by Ross Fretten, and was given one scene to adapt (see next post for my adaptation)
Adapting script for studio use is intricate work but very rewarding, it not only allows you to appreciate how much work goes into a 2-3minute production, but also increases the personalisation you can bring to your production.
Designing and planning stage directions, lighting, sound (digetic and non-digetic), props, Camera directions etc was wonderful work.
We were also given the chance to work with the actors from East 15, an amazing opportunity as our first chance of working with professional actors. The three actors I worked with on ‘Escape’ were:
Without the hard work of these three, my production just would not have been possible.
Through multiple rehearsals and communications we managed to get script-perfect and even choreographed a combat scene.
On the day of shoot, we had to record “as live”, meaning once through, no “CUTS” and no start overs.
After a quick run-through with my actors and the crew we were ready to go, all I could do was sit in the gallery commanding the 3 cameras when and what to film. Stressful work, but I’m desperate to do it again.
It is also important to note that I was allowed to direct twice on the day as a class-mate was absent, so I had a few hours to familiarise myself with the script that, rather irritatingly, was lacking any stage directions. However, due to the help of East 15 actors and the Broadcast Operations Students at Ravensbourne, the day went rather well, and the end results were pleasing.