SI 2009 - WEEK THREE - PRODUCTION BLOG
Day 15 - June 19, 2009
It’s the end of the week, and we’re wrapping up all our productions. Most of our students are picture-locked, working on their sound mixes and getting final critiques from Irving. A few students are still out on the field, doing some reshoots at the Mauricio Baez sport club and at Mirador Park, while others are recording ADR and creating Foley effects back at the lab. By the end of the night, we’ll have seventeen shorts completed in just five days!
We’re also happy to announce the three directors chosen for the final projects: Deivis, Watson, and Jose Ignacio. They have demonstrated outstanding directing, technical, and artistic abilities. Along with the writers, the directors will bring amazing stories to life on the screen. Stay tuned for the final week of SI!
Day 14 - June 18, 2009
Shoots, shoots, and more shoots! The productions are winding down today, and students are spending all their time working on their edits. Deivis and Jonothan shot their entire shorts on the streets of the Colonial District, the oldest city in the Americas, and Raysa took her crew further north to shoot in Villa Juana. In the edit lab, Guillermo continued to work on his animation for his action short, while the rest of the class continued with their post-production. We’re wrapping all our shoots tonight, and although everyone is exhausted from being on the set, we’re very excited to be so close to the finish line.
We’re also happy to announce the three writers chosen for the final projects: Karen, Violeta, and Kelvin. They have demonstrated exceptional creativity, imagination, and storytelling skills . Can’t wait to see what they pitch to the class!
Day 13 - June 17, 2009
We’re on to our third day and crews are shooting non-stop to complete the shorts! Five projects went out to today, and the edit lab is packed with students working on their post-production. Students have been putting in more than twelve hours on the set, and have worked as directors, cinematographers, gaffers, and sound mixers. For Robert’s shoot at a club, the gaffer had the opportunity to use a disco ball to enhance the scene! The students are finding innovative ways to enhance their stories by finding interesting locations, composing beautiful shots, and using professional actors on set. Overall, we’re impressed with the dedication students are putting into their projects and can’t wait to see the finished product at the end of the week.
Day 12 - June 16, 2009
It was another intense day on the sets of SI, as four directors went off and shot their shorts in under twelve hours. Our students are developing compelling stories, which they use innovative locations to reach their artistic vision. Violeta shot a scene at a jail while Jose Ignacio ventured further east of the city and shot his short in the town of Isabellita. Guillermo, the youngest student of SI, brought along a stunt coordinator to handle a prop gun for his action thriller/comedy spoof, and Sophonie managed to shoot her entire short in one afternoon. Meanwhile, back at the lab, students who had already shot began editing their projects, cutting down their hours of footage into a three-minute sequence.
Day 11 - June 15, 2009
Welcome to week three! The students have begun shooting their 3 to 5 minute short narratives after a week of writing and pre-production. Two directors went out with their crews today and spent the day shooting on location at FUNGLODE and at a local hotel in Santo Domingo.
Juan Basanta, an established filmmaker in the Dominican Republic, stopped by and spoke to the students about the elements of composition. He spent the morning taking questions and imparting words of advice on how to make the students' shoots more successful.
This half of the course is the most intense part of the Summer Intensive - students work non-stop to complete all their projects by deadline. Stay tuned!