Every time someone asks me what I want to do, I say I want to direct a film. But I had no clue how absolutely small and meaningless my understanding of that line really was. I thought I would get to choose my cast, choose how I want the cameraman to work, how my lighting would be, what kind of sound I have going on, and of course direct and edit the whole damn thing. I mean I would be choosing my locations and the look of the character right down to that mole on her cheek, right? But after reading the two articles on crew roles, I realized what I was really looking at was at least a gazillion peoples’ jobs!
Who would have thought? Now I say, I want to try being in different roles and see what I’m good at so I can decide. Hopefully my course will help me through that. The Director and Assistant Director roles still sound really good. But, I like the idea of being in the positions of UPM, Art Director, Production Designer, any of the photography roles and I love the job of the Documentary Videographer who is ultimately the man enjoying from the back seat.
Having worked in Advertising as a script writer before, I understand that most of these roles have blurry lines and for smaller projects like ad films, the crew is much smaller where most of these roles are merged into one man. I also am very familiar with the concept of chain of command as we always worked with a hierarchy. I am not going to say I always loved it, because it can get in the way when your immediate senior is a pain to get along with or an almighty know-it-all. Having said that I understand the reason for it and the chaos that would be created if this was not in place. Work ethics is pointed out as obviously being a huge part of every role’s responsibility, which I think is really important for the ultimate success of the film. You do end up being each others best friends and family for a while there, working on the film with all the wierd and late working hours. I practically lived in my office!
I loved how the different roles have been given their own set of personalities. That was the most fun to read, specially when words like ‘formidable powers’ were thrown my way. It was fun learning about these roles, all in all and it does leave me a lot to think about when planning my future in the industry. One step closer! A billion more to go.