After three years of film classes, and a little more than a year of photographing, I am honored to start on a new direction in my high school career.
A student at my high school has began making a movie. While being a busy director, he also the screenwriter, and created the screenplay, an amazing makeup artist/prop designer, and will act. After talking with him yesterday and sharing my portfolio, I was on board to be a set photographer for his film.
I am proud to support all of my friends in this movie, titled Monstrosity. My friends are actors and several people from my high school are helping with the movie. It’s fun to see people from different talents of our school connecting to make a great movie.
This is my fourth time working as a set photographer between Los Angeles and here in the Central Valley. I had my first experience with Monster Killer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5129422/ where I really started learning about more about the camera and how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO worked with each other.
I wasn’t used to making pictures in difficult lighting situations and had to self teach myself on the spot. The first day I was nervous, but I kept shooting. Throughout the shooting, the producer was very kind and taught me about what I need to look for when shooting on set. My experience with filming helped me greatly and before I knew it, I was making better pictures. I learned a great deal about a movie from all aspects of the business including the actors, sound man, cinematographer, director, producer, and editor. The producer said that I was better than most of his set photographer’s in the past who have gone to college to learn set photography. I was proud to have learned such a great deal after working on the movie.
My second and third experiences were down in Los Angeles. A friend-Prop Master- who resides in Los Angeles, let me spend some time down there with him. In addition to showing me around the busy city, I experienced several great things. I was able to help build an entire set from scratch for a music video. The music video was for a upcoming K-Pop Artist, Chad Future’s “Hello” song. After planning all aspects of the set, we had to go out and buy all of the supplies and then piece everything together. Additionally, I did set photography for the video.
After I arrived back home, I sent Chad the pictures and set that they were great and that he would hire me to shoot photographs for his next music videos! For me, the experience was inevitable. I got to meet with actors/actresses, producers, directors, and other photographers who taught me.
I met other great directors that live in Los Angeles, and as soon as I move down there after high school, they are going to help me out and give me opportunities to work as a set photographer.
And now I will be doing set photography for a student film and I feel like my work will be great!
We filmed one scene today in a neighborhood and it took about 1.45 hours and it went very well. The final product will be entered into film competitions and I am excited for the results!
So Follow and I will Keep you updated on the journey of my life :)