Quick Sketch


In an attempt to continue doing some film production over the summer I decided to join a group of my classmates who were forming a sketch comedy team. This was a new medium for me, and I was excited to have a chance to test out my comedy writing skills in a less formal environment than a classroom. The biggest risk, however, was that the group would end up being a lot of talk without a lot of action- as I am quickly learning, even a wide open summer schedule can quickly fill up with plans and obligations.

I decided that I would play it by ear.

It turns out that I have surrounded myself with motivated people. Today we shot our first sketch- a brief spot about Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. The script was very straightforward and we thought that we could probably get it done in just a few hours during the late afternoon “golden hour” lighting.

So we met at a park with a camera and a microphone and, in my case, with some leaves with which to make Adam and Eve costumes, and we shot a short sketch. I didn’t have a chance to see all the footage afterwards, but from what I could see over the DP’s shoulder it looked pretty good. And it was quite fun. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the details of production that it is easy to lose sight of the forest for all the trees.

It was nice to try to do something from start to finish all in one afternoon-it may not end up being┬áthe world’s greatest film, but at the same time it didn’t take over our lives while we were working on it. What it may lack in craftsmanship it probably makes up for in mere rote practice: just the act of being In Production for an afternoon gives us more experience on the real productions of the future. If we can keep this up it might make for some very good practice indeed: we already have a script written for the next sketch and just need to arrange for the time and place(s) to shoot it.

Well, now that we’ve done it once, hopefully we will be able to do it again.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on June 22, 2014.

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