When I grow up, I think I’m going to be an actor. For the past few months, I’ve been involved with a movie making class. And about a week ago, I went to a real live film shoot. My dad works as an editor, so we had it be a “bring your kid to work” day for him.
Now, the last thing they’d use in a real shoot is one of those tiny camcorders like we use in movie making class. Definitely not. They have a big camera on a tripod, and there’s a guy holding a giant rod (boom) with a mike on it. When they’re ready to shoot, the assistant director yells, “Quiet on the set!” and a bell rings. Then when they’re about to shoot, the director says, “Action!” In one scene, I saw the actor, and he was talking to another actor, even though I couldn’t hear what they were saying. And then finally after the take is over, the director says “Cut.” And then the bell rings again.
Next, we explored a set that was supposed to be inside a house of one of the characters (who was probably a rich person). The living room was very roomy, and it felt like an actual house. That is, until you looked up. Then you saw the wooden ceiling of the studio, with beams across it and lights attached.
Next, we explored the kitchen. I remember there being a concrete pillar on the way to the kitchen. At least, it looked like concrete. When I knocked on it, I discovered it was some kind of plaster.
They were filming a hospital scene in the hallway outside Dad’s cutting room. We couldn’t actually see what the actors were doing, but I saw some backup actors (extras) walking around the hallway as doctors and patients would in a real hospital. I also noticed something in common with all the scenes that we watched: the director wasn’t watching the actors being filmed. Instead, he was watching a video screen showing the camera’s point of view.
When we came back to the hospital scene some time later, we noticed that everything was gone. We looked in the room where they were doing the filming of someone in a hospital bed, and there was nothing in there. The room was empty. When they’re done, they clean everything up very fast.
I could picture myself as an actor on that set, and I would feel like I was that character. But I don’t think I could feel like that character without the set.