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Climax in Directing Class

June 20, 2009

As some of you may or may not know, our line up for classes last quarter was quite the doozy. We had Advance Production, Writing for Stage and Screen Two, AND our first, full fledged Directing class! The Seniors had all three classes but each were in separate quarters. We were assigned to film four shorts each week, write ten to twenty pages of our script, and keep up with the occasional field trip. These are three pretty heavy duty classes.

In the last three weeks of the class, each student had to direct his or her final for the quarter. Each film had to be approximately five minutes long. With only five cameras and seventeen students, the weeks quickly became quite frantic. Some of us got ahead of the game, some of us fell short. People were writing scripts, freshman were auditioning, and everyone was trying to juggle the cameras.

I’ve always been more interested in writing, so I was quick to crank out a script that was worthy of Prof. Scoggins greenlight. Unfortunately for me, since writing takes such a higher spot than other aspects of film making, I spent most of my time working on the script. My time for filming was quickly eaten away. So much to the point where I filmed my last scene the night before the final was due!

Overall, directing the short (which ended up being around eight minutes) was one of the best experiences I’ve had thus far at JP Catholic. Writing, producing, DP, cinematographer, and directing the entire thing certainly sent me through the ringer. But thankfully, one of my most favorite people in the world, freshman, Laura Lopez, was able to edit the whole thing for me! There’s no way I would have made it out alive if it weren’t for her incredible tech-skills! Here’s a shout to you, Laura!

The class was, needless to say, the single most amazing class thus far in my JP Catholic career. Not necessarily the Directing class, but that final “class” on Monday morning. Each student really stepped up their game and turned in a finished product that was well worth the wait and effort. The entire class was obviously motivated to turn in a film with a story that was in someway worth while. I am very proud to be in a group of people who harbor such effort and motivation. Here’s to Directing Two next quarter!


First for Everything!

April 23, 2009

This quarter the media Juniors are taking Directing, which contains content as its name suggests. A great class thus far, taught by Nathan Scoggins, I volunteered to be one of the four directors to film this week. Each week, along with the four students, Scoggins gives a technique for us to base our videos around. This week we had to tell a story in one shot. My first time directing since being at JP Catholic, telling a story in one shot has been quite the experience!

One of my biggest benefits was the team I was working with. Before anything started, picking a story, a place to shoot, the very first thing that the directors would pick was a team. My filming team consisted of Danielle Badillo, Marta Connolly, Kevin Kast, and Corinna Sparhawk. Each one being a good team player and able to take directions well. With each given the right amount of responsibility, they were able to execute all that I asked of them with relative ease. Thanks to their quick response and ability to adapt, we finished shooting within an hour and a half; a time some may claim to be a record at JP Catholic!

Shooting went well, my team says I did a good job, and I know they did a great one themselves. All that is left is to edit the footage together, which will certainly bring some more bumps to get over. All in all, I enjoyed directing. I don’t think I will shoot for making a career in it,  but shooting this little short was a lot of fun! I look forward to my next opportunity to make a short film!