digital film, you will need lots of nice digital film equipment.
If you're lucky, you'll also get your hands on some nice sound
equipment, like boom poles and swivel mounts, and fancy extras
like a Steadicam.
The first day we tried to use the Steadicam, it broke.
The second time we tried to use the Steadicam, it broke. We
hammered it back into place.
The first day we used the swivel mount on our boom pole, it
broke. We had it replaced.
The first day we used the new, replacement swivel mount, it
Then the boom pole broke. It's now held together at the end
with duct tape.
One of our shooting days was a long, hot summer outdoor shoot.
We had about seven or eight actors called out, one of whom,
a very busy man, had driven in from several hours away just
for the shoot. We had one of our best days of shooting, very
productive. Then we came home to watch the footage. Something
sitting next to the camera had tripped a "gain"
switch to the wrong setting and the entire day of footage
One day, another very productive shooting day, the assistant
director had sprayed a lens with an air gun to remove dust.
Unbeknownst to him, some propellant had squirted out onto
the lens, leaving marks invisible to the eye but which ruined
Our longest day of shooting was from 10 AM until about 2 AM
the next morning, with nothing but a dinner break and lunch
break. We were cooped up in a hotel room the entire time,
and the hotel was being SOLD that weekend, so this was our
only chance to get the scene shot. When we got home, exhausted,
excited by the footage we got, we found we had accidentally
erased half of it.
We managed to squeeze in to reshoot what we'd erased, but
due to a mic problem, there was no sound.
It gets better. One night, we shot a scene with an elevator.
The elevator was "locked," we were told, so that
nobody from other floors could trigger it to make it ascend.
What we weren't told was that we could, by hitting
a button, make it go anywhere we damn well pleased. We set
up the camera and a light tree in the elevator, got everything
fired up and ready to go, with the main power cable running
out of the elevator and into the lobby, where it was plugged
into the wall. That's when the assistant director (detecting
a pattern here?) accidentally hit a floor button. The elevator
doors closed, the elevator started to move up, and there was
a sickening groan as the elevator pulled up against the power
cable which was still connected to the lobby below. Those
of us in the elevator searched frantically for an emergency
stop button. We were in the one elevator in the city which
did NOT have an emergency stop button.The elevator shuddered
slightly, the light popped out, and everything went dark.
Then the elevator ascended normally, dropped back down normally,
and the doors opened on the panic-stricken faces of the film
crew in the lobby. The power cable, half an inch thick of
insulation and heavy-duty wire, had been sheared in two.
This is how you make a movie.
Go get 'em!