today was too exciting to describe on a blog. the video shoot was epic, everyone played their parts right and the artist was satisfied with the raw footage after we reviewed it. but this is just a tip of what actually happened today.
everything was set today. woke up really early today to get all the equipments out, my camera man was ready, the artist was ready, my make up artist came on time, the team was on ground, the set was in place but one thing was missing, my video girl. worst feeling ever to know all your plans and everyones effort are about to go to waste when one of the most important elements to make the video happen decides not to be reachable anymore. worst feeling ever as the director. we had no video girl. i became aware of this at about 11 am today, i had scheduled everybody to be ready for the shoot at 1, the plan was to start at 1 30 but there was no video girl. i couldn’t cancel, i decided not to cancel, we cam so far today to cancel. the team was terrified at this fact but i didn’t let the artist in on this because that would have hurt his morale for the video shoot. 11 am, there was still no video girl. we had to find a video girl, come rain, come shine. i called the team up and decided on the action plan to use any girl at our disposal but, she had to have a specific kind of look. this was the hard bit. FORTUNATELY, for us we found a friend of ours, she was indifferent to do it at first because she was camera shy, so it was up to me as the director to convince her. i spoke to her, and was able to put the confidence in her that she needed. she was game and at this point, the video shoot was a go. the team and I, had put the project back on track! phew.
we faced various sorts of challenges whilst filming such as issues to do with lighting. this took up most of the time. i had to face this challenge head on and improvise because i was in the wrong, it was my fault we battled with the light. as the director i should have brought all the equipment the day before to test out all i needed to do. however, i did not, but this was for situation out of my hands. we were not allowed to get the equipments out of the loan shop at the time we wanted to. lightning was a really major barrier that prevented us from working for a while but at then end of the day after trying out different techniques to make it work, we got it.
the video shoot today started at about 2 pm and ended up taking the whole day. we stopped shooing at about 1 am. today was really tiring but what took the frustration out of it was everybody’s enthusiasm towards the shoot, this went a long way to encourage me as the director.