Junior year in college was my first experience directing a film that I wrote and then brought to life. I was helped by some very talented classmates that knew what they were doing. However, I did not know what I was doing. I was not the Director of Photography but I was in charge of getting equipment and the equipment I got, was never the right equipment. I heard time and time again that the lighting package I got was awful and that if there were any problems with the cinematography, the lighting package was to blame.
I tried to make sure everyone was on time to the shoots and happy on set but stayed away from the cameramen and let them do what they thought was best. They had a real good eye for it and I didn’t understand it at all, so I trusted them, sat back and learned as much as I could.
I finished this film in a weird place. I was glad I had something. However it wasn’t as funny as I wanted it to be, which I blame a majority of on my poor screenwriting and partially on the actors who were my friends.
Because I put so much power in the hands of my cameramen, I left this project not feeling an ounce more confident in my own filmmaking abilities.