HND students and Level 3 Acting students have been working collaboratively to create a short promo for the forthcoming, self-devised Acting Performance of Macbeth, called ‘The Edge’.
The shoot was a short, but very intensive day; in very hostile working conditions in a Bolier Room. The performers not only had to adapt to the conditions, but also stay focused on character and theme when called upon. As with all shoots of this type and quality, there were numerous takes needed from varying angles. Each set-up or shot would take 30 mins to an hour to compose and light, which required focus and dedication from the actors to produce when called upon; not one of them found wanting.
Additionally, the film was shot on Film Standard Prime lenses. This gives the promo that “filmic” look, but also gived the performers another, added restriction to their performances, namely: shallow depth of field. On all shots, the performers had little or no room for error having to work within a very confined focal range of 5 – 10 mm, which meant that the students had to hit their ‘Marks’, or they wouldn’t be in focus. This calls upon multi-stranded concentration – using physical memory and procedure – whilst staying true to the core of their characters and physical performance.
The HND Moving Image students worked very hard to not only presevre the inherent themes of the brief/adaptation through the aesthetic of the piece, but also to work within very tight and filthy conditions. This was a real test to not only light a shot for aesthetic, but also to work with limited power requirements and space. Again, like the actors, all students were very professional in their approach and produced very professional results in a relatively short space of time.
Moving Image students commented on the fact that this was only made possible by working effectively and posstively as a team across both the other moving image students and the actors alike. They said, that the focus and the commitment of the actors made the project possible and without the performers dedication to the shoot and to the process of filming, it wouldn’t have worked.