A day of awesomeness. One of the greatest parts of being a photographer is traveling and exploring a new world.
“Ring Ring…Ring Ring” the alarm clock buzzed on my phone at 4:00am. Used to waking up at this hour, I was hardly effected, which is more than I could say for my night owl brother, Jamison, and cousin, Tanisse. After packing our light carry ons, we jumped in the car for six day trip.
We drove into the airport parking lot and passed the large LAX sign.
I stepped into the airport with my camera straps over my shoulders and breathed in, happily.
“Ah” there is something about airports that I have always loved, including airplanes and flying.
On the airplane I gazed outside, admiring the beautiful landscapes and imagined myself exploring, on a photo assignment, capturing the Earth for all to see. Additionally, I wrote in my notebook for ideas of my future.
Once my family and I arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, we hopped in a rental car and headed straight to Cracker Barrel- across from our hotel.
Now in the hotel, I borrowed two photography books from downstairs and- after a nice, warm shower- am writing in my journal.
Goodnight, my lovely followers, and wish me luck on my next journey to Kentucky.
On Saturday, I shot set photographs for a music video which will be entered into a film competition. This specific contest is called a quick fire because we have 11 days in preproduction, production, and post production.
The morning of the shoot we met up at the Visalia Sports Park at 10:00 AM. My group arrived 15 minutes early and waited until the next car pulled up beside us. To everyone’s surprise, we had the same car-though different in year and colour- it sure did receive some chuckles.
Who wore it best?
After unloading the equipment, we walked down a dirt path and began setting up for the first scene.
While the actors got dressed, camera men put on the appropriate lenses.
Then the director showed everyone their positions.
And we were ready to shoot!
This journey helped to provide me with more experience in set photography and learning my settings. Choosing my camera settings is becoming more of an instinct, than something that I still have to take time to set.
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 :)