As I promised! My directing unit. For this we were tasked with taking a pre existing scene from a film and adding our own twist to it. For me, I decided to try and replicate a moving conversation… In a form of a tennis match….. On a cold Winters day no less. The whole idea of the tennis match was brought up during a lecture actually when someone described a conversation AS a tennis match. This particular scene in question gets quite heated and I thought it would be really cool to have the characters emotions expressed through the game itself. Obviously this was a lot easier said than done! To make sure the tennis balls are hit at the same time while the right lines were delivered and THEN sync it up in post…. Was crazy.
However, although I had planned everything out to the nth degree… I still feel like I could’ve done with more time so I could rehearse the lines and actions more with the actors. This project really opened my eyes to how important the pre production stage is for the director. In the past, I’m normally so caught up in writing the script that unfortunately spending time with the actors gets pushed to the side. But no more! After this project I’ve realised how important it is to be hands on with the actors from day one and I’m hoping I can reflect that in all my later projects.
Anyways, have a look and let me know what you think!