Job Titles for Project

This covers the different roles I’ve played in my project so far, and what is yet to come. To start, I knew I did some directing and producing, but I wasn’t completely sure what the difference was between the two. This article, Film Director Vs. Film Producer(Crash Course), from Symmetry Entertainment explains exactly what its title states.

To summarize, it says “Directors are creative people” and “Producers are action people”. Directors create the vision in front of the camera from camera movement to how the set/cast looks. On the other hand, producers make sure that vision comes true by finding a film crew and actors, among many other jobs.

So far in my project so far, I have played the role of a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, locating, and camera operator.

Screenwriter: I did this when I created the story line for my project

Director: This came together when I actually visualized what I wanted my film to look like and created a storyboard. To further that, I then found where I wanted the camera to be and what angle to capture. I directed the visual looks of my cast too. I let the gunfighters and Audrey know what they needed to wear. I also helped the dancers with what they needed to wear, how dark their makeup needed to be, and how to wear their hair.

Producer: I gathered the dancers together and reached out to one of the gunfighters to help me get the other gunfighters to help out. I also found help to film my video(run the cameras).

Actor: This was obviously through performing as a Can Can Dancer.

Locating: I picked the place to perform and received permission to perform there.

Camera Operator: For the majority of the film, I operated the camera. The only time I didn’t was when I had a second camera or was actually performing.

My job now will be to begin editing my video through Adobe’s Premiere and After Effects. Once I’m finished editing, I will then promote my product through social media.



Film Day

I finally filmed my video Saturday, April 19th! The weather was great, I had 11 gunfighters that showed up along with three other can can dancers and my “main” character, and it was a great learning experience! I filmed the majority of the video, except for when I used two cameras or was actually dancing in the final scene.

The Days Schedule:

I met my girls at the Alamo Saloon at 8:00am to get ready for the day. My mom and brother allowed me to do my makeup and get dressed for the day by preparing the saloon for my film. They set up the props like the sarsaparilla bottles and hanging the banner and removed any modern items that could be removed.

The gunfighters began to show up around 8:30am. Shortly after 9:00am, I had them fill out release forms( I had my dancers sign theirs before the film day since they needed parent signatures ).

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We began filming around 9:30am and were surprisingly finished by 10:30am!

Everyone chatted afterwards while enjoying the shortbread cookies and brownies my sister and I had made for them the night before.

Equipment Issues:

I had to get a little creative with my equipment since our school doesn’t have a video dolly. Luckily, we had this beast(below) at my house that we just strapped one of the tripods on. I think I found a way to film without having to move the cameras. I can’t remember if we ended up really needing it, but at least I was prepared!


(my cats thought they needed to be apart of this special moment)

Filming Issues:

Everything was running fairly smoothly, until my last scene. This scene was my MAIN scene of the whole video. It was the time where the Can Can Dancers finally came out to perform! I had one camera set up for a front view of the stage, and from the camera persons position, there was a second camera set up to the left of them. This was so I could do cut scenes during this scene to show it from multiple angles.

I ended up having to film this scene four times:

  • 1st time – this was a practice run through of the dance
  • 2nd time –  the main camera(front view) did an auto power off during the scene
  • 3rd time – the same camera stopped recording again due to the SD card being full.
  • 4th time – could only use one camera to film the dance from the front view

This was extremely frustrating for me due to many reasons.

  1. The main camera I used was hardly used during the filming process.
  2. It didn’t help that this camera was 32gb and I couldn’t record directly onto it. It needed to have an SD card.
  3. I didn’t know how to really run the camera, and there wasn’t a manual with it.
  4. And the most frustrating part of the whole thing was that when I checked the SD card, I found that I was sent with a 2gb SD card to put into a 32gb camera for my final project.

Learning Experience:

I learned many things throughout this experience, the good and the bad.

Camera: I learned that I should depend more on myself when it comes to equipment, like the camera. If I had checked it thoroughly, I would have found the 2gb SD card and fixed or worked around the problem before it was too late. I also realize that I should have tried to find a manual for it online to learn more about the SD card issue.

Filming: Although, for the most part, everything went fairly smooth and quick, there were a few things I could improve on.

  • I didn’t have my “Scene Checklist” written up and ready for the day. Procrastination is sometimes my best friend, but when you’re depending on other people and they’re depending on you, it becomes my worst enemy!
  • I needed more direction. I had the role of Audrey and the Can Can Dancers planned out, but didn’t have specific direction for the gunfighters.
  • I was able to catch a few things while filming that I fixed,and re-filmed, but I know there were a few things that I wish I would have caught because they’re not things I can fix through editing.
  • I had so much going through my head making it hard to be organized, catch some “flaws”, and be confident. This would have helped things run more smooth than it did.
  • I should have gotten more sleep the night before. I was up till 3:00am making shortbread cookies for the big day. At least my “cast” enjoyed them!

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with what I ended up with. For not having experience with anything like this before, I did a pretty good job! The best part is that one of the gunfighters asked for a copy at the end so he could share online for me! I haven’t even finished my video yet and I am already getting a head start on promoting it!



Final Filming Preparation

To prepare for the day, I took video of my brother doing a walk through of the video so I knew where I wanted the camera and the different ways I wanted to film certain scenes for editing later. I went through and roughly pieced the video together. Right away, I noticed it definitely helped me understand what I needed/wanted to do.

This process helped me:

  • where I wanted to set the camera
  • the different angles to take in case I decided I wanted a different view of a scene when editing
  • change ideas from my storyboard( e.g. instead of Audrey walking from out of the jail house to the banner, I have her entering onto the screen to banner )
  • find places in the video where 2 cameras would be more beneficial than one
  • where to cut the video into different scenes so I didn’t have long on going scenes

The image below is what my final checklist was for filming


Model Release Form

Why Do You Need Release Forms?

This article, from Video Maker, covers when and why you would need release forms.

What to know:

Editorial: educational or informative purpose
Commercial: selling product or anything but educational or informative

If you’re photographing or filming for editorial purposes, then you don’t need release forms in most situations. If you want to go commercial with your work, then you do need a release form. But, in the end, you may just want to use a release form anyway: better safe than sorry!

When you can get away without a release form:

In most cases, anything under photojournalism, such as photojournalists or shooting for a news organization, can capture someone’s image without permission. This is because the first amendment protects them. The same goes for TV news and newspapers.

When in doubt, get the release form!

The example in this article states it very well. Long story short, he filmed a documentary for a fund-raiser; the people loved it and wanted to ship it to TV stations such as PBS and the History channel. But – he didn’t get any release forms, so his documentary remains unviewed.

I am making my video project for my Digital Media Project class, which would be for educational purposes. But, I am planning on using it for personal use as well to promote my can can dancers in Old Abilene Town. Either way, it never hurts to practice copyright and ownership of my own work. While I did practice and research examples of release forms, I won’t be completing the whole process. If I went through with it completely, I would take this to a lawyer to ensure that I’m fully covering myself. Since this is for non-profit and cheap, I’m not too concerned with this step!

 My Release Form

Release Form

I grant permission to the rights of my likeness, voice, name, and performance either in photographs, audio or video recordings. I understand that my image may be edited, duplicated, and used/re-used. I also understand that my image may be published in any format, marketed, used for promoting, and exhibited in full or in parts either alone or with other products. I waive all rights to any royalties or compensation. The Producer will have full ownership of the product.

I have read and understand the above agreement. By signing this release, I agree to all stated above and give all rights to the Producer for this product.

Print Name:_______________________________________________________


Producer:________Paige Piper________________________________________

Product:_________Old Abilene Town’s Can Can Dancers – Promotional Video___


If this person is under the age of 18, then a parent or legal guardian needs to sign below. I acknowledge that I am the parent or legal guardian and give consent for the model above.

Print Name:_______________________________________________________




Filming Preparation

8 Ways to Shoot Video Like a Pro – Rick Broida

I found a lot of this information to reflect some of the knowledge I gained from Kansas Wesleyan’s Lighting Photography Course.

1. RTFM – “Read The F**king Manual”. I will definitely be spending the rest of my time up to my film date learning how to use the camera. I will not be doing the majority of filming for my video, mainly because I’ll be one of the can can dancers. Although I won’t be filming, I would still like to gain some experience with one of the school’s video cameras since I have not had the opportunity until now.

2. Be Prepared – This is an important step. I need to know all of the equipment that I will need, have a spare of anything that has one (battery, camera, cords, etc.), make a checklist, and go through it at least twice before setting off for my shoot and leaving it. I learned this lesson the hard way in my photography class. We had to do an onsite shoot and the first day, the camera would not work properly. The second day, I forgot the slave receiver, which tells the lights to flash when you take your photo.

My list so far:

  • Both school cameras
  • Audio recorder
  • Extra battery
  • Battery charger
  • Extension cords
  • Lens-cleaning cloth – take care of any smudges (I didn’t even think about this until reading the article)
  • Tripod
  • Lighting gear
  • Duct tape – hold down cords so nobody trips (also didn’t think about this!)

3. Use a Tripod

4. Raise the Lightings – It’s important to get as much light as possible so I don’t end up with poorly lit shots. I can only edit it so much. With the cameras I’ll be using, hopefully the grainy image won’t be a problem. I will have lights so the saloon isn’t a complete cave.

5. Ace the Audio – The audio is another important part to focus on. I will not have conversations going on in this video. I will be laying over audio, so I will need good recordings.

6. Set Up Your Shots –What this goes over is that it’s important to put thought in to the shots you’ll be filming. I’m actually in the process of doing this for my more detailed storyboard. This also covers that all the special effects, like filters, should be added in the editing software where you can manipulate it.

7.  No Digital Zoom – Along with the special effects, you should also do your zooming in the editing software. You can always zoom in with the software, but once you do it with your camera, you can’t zoom back out. The same goes for the filters. Once it’s done, it’s done.

8. Shoot B-Roll – This is footage for any splicing you put in your video. It takes a lot of preplanning so you know what extra shots you need to cut away to. I will be doing some splicing in my video, and I’m also doing this step in my detailed storyboard.