Notes on the test shoot with Tip
Tip appearance and movement:
Tip has nailed the the facial intensity in the close ups, the look of intensity and loss in his eyes is what I am looking for and we can work together to develop this to the follow differing shifts in tone and mood on the day.
The walking movement Is a little too slow, and he needs to look up a little more, his character is perhaps reluctant at first, but if not striding out, he definitely has some purpose to his movement, he knows he is heading to some definitive moment in his life and he is not afraid of this anymore.
The suit is too well fitted, Tip looks like a powerful guy in a well fitted suit, which is the reality of the situation. What we need to do is get a suit that does not fit quite as well, and is perhaps a little bit more scuffed up, same with shirt, too tidy and perhaps needs some muck ingrained round the neck.
All in all we have a great starting point to work from and I can see the character beginning to awaken.
Rusty shots and tests:
Wes Anderson style: steps
We made really good progress today, working on more specific framing of the first steps shot, we have a break through here to introduce movement to frame the character both in close up of feet and to track his movement as his face comes into shot.
I am really excites at the prospect of nailing this shot, but have one more thing to add, would we be able to extend this shot even further, and begin it with the busker, pulling away from the busker (focal length zoom) to show feet coming into frame to dolly movement out to complete the shot. this would be a “oner in the tradition of Spilberg rather than traditional long take, hiding several shots within one take, it would lend intensity and a temporal honesty to this scene.
If we could do it I would zoom out to the left of the steps and as he walks into shot with his feet use track to follow on dolly until the curve and pull back dolly on a curve.
We discovered a way to move the camera and locate Tip walking toward us starting with the shot framed on the bars and moving to show the sea defence wall looming over him like a wave about to break, I still want to try this, perhaps with cart rather than steady cam but would also like to frame him walking along and beside the wall in all its concrete blankness, I liked the way it towered over him, and liked his movement through the space, it looks tunnel like, this simpler shot may be the one!
The dutch steps shot, is really nice to see movement in, we need to be aware of the railings at the top of frame and perhaps get more of the top of the half moon in and a little less of the bottom, reframe up a tiny bit. his movement into and out of the shot is superb, love it, timing wise the first take is the one two long out of frame breaks the tension and rhythm of the shot. character needs to stay to the far side away from the camera when descending steps.
Under the boardwalk!
Want to use this framing on the shoot day but with his back to us, he is trapped in the guts of the pier, angles crushing him confined.
All-round a really productive day with Rusty and Tip inhabiting the space we are going to shoot in, really happy that some of these shots are beginning to develop, and others we are locking down.