I thought this would make more sense than tweeting a whole bunch of things in a row. I really want to make sure we are all on the same page with what's taking place tomorrow, next Wednesday, and beyond for our 8th Grade Open House video shoot. Remember our due date is October 24th!
For Saturday October 4th:
Location: Media Center or Track (depending on if the building is open)
Saturday will be the outside portion of our video shoot. The weather is calling for rain, so let's hope we have an overcast day like we did on our test shoot days. If in the event it's pouring out we will have to reschedule for another day. Look to twitter for any announcements for cancellation.
The outdoor scene involves two character types, "Athletes" and "Spectators" (and one gym coach!). If you are an athlete, wear something that looks like a track uniform, otherwise gym clothes will do. Try and wear a shirt that has Raritan on it, or something plain like a solid color (white, gray, or green). If you are a spectator, wear normal everyday clothes, but dress appropriately. We need as many people as possible to fill those stands so bring a friend (or twelve)!
Here are some things to look out for or expect on Saturday:
-Day will start with a quick production meeting promptly at 12:00 o'clock outlining the day.
-It may get chilly or windy on the track. Bring a jacket to wear in-between takes
-We start at 12, so either eat a big breakfast, or bring some snacks to last throughout the day.
-If at any time you need to leave please just make your way out (but we'll discuss that in the production meeting)
-There will be LOTS of down time. Setting up shots, making sure equipment is set up, and the actors and talent are ready takes time. Be prepared to sit for longer moments in-between takes.
-For those interested in the DANCE number portion of our wednesday shoot, maybe we use that down time to work on learning those moves.
-After a few opening shots, all but 5 of the athletes will be re-cast as spectators. All athletes bring a change of clothing.
-If we wrap early, we wrap early. If you are getting a ride from a friend or parent, make sure they can come get you at any time.
-In the event it starts raining during shooting. We will pack up, and wait about 10-15 minutes to see if it lets up. If it doesn't , we will wrap for the day. If it stops, we will continue shooting.
Here are some things to look out for or expect on Wednesday:
-We will shoot during our normal global meeting time.
-There are three sections to the indoor segment: Long Take/Dance, Costume Montage, Classroom/Newsroom
-Expect to go late (530ish), If you can make arrangements to stay that late that would be great, but don't go crazy (other stuff is important too!)
-The choreographed dance segment will take place during this time. It is at the tail end of a long take. MEANING! If we mess up at the end, we need to start the whole take again.
-The costume montage consists of 4 (FOUR) 7-8 second segments where wardrobe changes each time. We all agreed in our last meeting to have one be totally crazy (horse head mask, ketchup and mustard, ostrich, prom dress). The other three will be: Crazy bright/neon colored clothing, formal, athletic. (open to suggestions)
-We will try and shoot as much as possible, and organize those segments based on how long everyone can stay
Here are some things to look out for or expect on the following weeks:
-The rest of the open house video will focus on 4 characters, each with specific traits and interests.
-Each character is lead by a character captain to help script the scenarios and dialogue.
-Character captains will recruit people for their team to help with the script, and will begin shooting as soon as they can.
-Please see me, OR Nick A., Kristen V., Lindsay T., or Sean O., for details. These are the captains.
-The outline for the rest of the open house video will be linked below. It's in the original shorthand form we used while taking notes.
Please use this page as a means of discussion between yourselves, and with me. Use the comments section to arrange travel, costumes props, etc. That way if you don't have everybody's phone number you can still ask questions, post requests and so on. I'll make sure to check back as well. Twitter works as well.
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