I think it is very healthy to go over anything I've done and look at the mistakes I made so I can do better next time. Here is a list of mistakes I made while shooting 51 Percent. Bear in mind these statements do not mean the film is ruined are unfixable. They are a constructive look back on the production:
- I slightly rushed the final scene because it was nearing the end of the day and it was freezing and windy outside and we were losing the light. It still works but I should have had more detailed about some of the closer shots I wanted.
- Halfway through filming, 90 second story very kindly leant me their boom mic, which worked wonders in the wind and served us wonderfully for the rest of the film. I should have thought about filming dialogue outside in the wind earlier and thought about the equipment we would need for it.
- During the emotional scenes, because Charlotte really gave it her all and a lot of emotion was put into it, I was a little cautious about asking for more and getting a wider range of angles. I know that should not have stopped me but it did. I didn't want to ask too much of my actors. Not really a good excuse. What can you lose by filming extra?
- Shot list. I hate shot lists and I find them very anti-creative and anti-artistic. I like to be creative while shooting and sometimes the actors do something that makes me want to shoot from an angle I hadn't planned or even rewrite the scene there and then. But I do think that if I had written shot lists for every scene, when we got tired it would have helped. Sometime just looking at a piece of paper and knowing what comes next is easier than explaining when you've been filming for 12 hours.
- I had too much faith in British weather (when will I learn?) and did not dress well or accessorise enough for the cold, blustery outdoors.
- I should have insisted on my own HD monitor for every shot. Unfortunately this was made difficult because the Canon 5D switches off the in camera monitor when you plug in meaning the DoP couldn't see. My husband figured a way on day one of doing it through my laptop but because it was very slightly delayed I chose not to use it all the time. If I had I would have noticed very tiny, subtle errors such as actors looking into camera, or their eyes 'coming out of the emotion of the scene' which left me with fewer options in the edit. My fault. Not theirs. I should have noticed and asked for another take.
- I waited much longer to call action and cut on the scene meaning I have more to work with in edit. It also lets the scene breath
- I think I asked more of my actors then I usually do
- I didn't forget any scenes because I did so much prep and had a folder with my storyboards and script and personal notes in it which I took everywhere