Planning is one of the most important parts in the competition. Without planning, things will not go as smoothly as possible. Once you are given the topic and the prop, just don't go out and start filming random things. You need to think about stuff and plan out the rest of the competition. Planning certainly helped us out a lot during the practice. We were able to get filming done in a time efficient way. However, we could have had more time to film if we planned a little bit faster. We were having a bit of difficulty choosing which type of story we wanted to do. A comedy type of story or a drama story. We decided on doing the drama story, however, we still had to figure out the shots and the story line behind it. We spend almost 2 hours thinking about our idea which meant we only had 6 hours left to film and edit the video. 6 hours is not a lot of time. We needed at least 3 hours of editing ad 3 hours of filming. The opening beach scene took us 30 minutes to film so I got a little bit nervous. So planning our ideas faster is something we can do better next time.
We also should have had everybody doing something. I know its hard to find a role for everyone on the team especially since we had only 3 actors in the video. Altogether, we had 7 students on the film team. 3 main actors and 2 people working the camera and sound. That meant we had 2 people just kinda sitting around. So it was hard to get them involved throughout the filming time. However when it came to editing, there was only one person editing at a time with no one else at the table. Since no one was at the editing table except that one person, when that person had to look for music, no one was editing the video. So we basically lost like 10 minutes of editing time due to one person looking for music and no one else editing. I know we had some of the other teammates go out and film but that meant we still had 1 or 2 extra people just sitting around. So if maybe we had everyone working on something, we wouldn't have been so close to the deadline.
Overall, even though we did pretty good for the first Crazy 8, I can already tell you that it is a lot more stressful than previous years. As I told you earlier, in previous years, it was called the Sweet 16 which meant we had 16 hours to make the short film. Thats double the time we had last weekend. That means while we were exporting our short film, we would have still been in the middle of filming in the previous years. So its a really big time cut considering I was used to the 16 hours. At least to most of you new students, the whole time constraint of 8 hours is pretty fresh. Nothing to transfer from.
I really believe that we did really great for our first and last Crazy 8 practice. Our teamwork was pretty good and we didn't have any arguments, just disagreements. The only thing that I didn't mention would be speaking up. I know for sure that once the title and prop was said, everyone had an idea that popped into their mind. However, no one really said anything when I asked if they had any ideas. I had to interrogate them a little bit to get them to say their idea. But other than that, I feel like our team did very well for our practice! I just hope we can keep up the good work during the competition. Until next time, bye!