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SHOOTING SNAGS by Corie Henson  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Mar 30, 2012

Part 1

Understandably for the producer, the budget is the main concern. Before the shooting starts, the Line Producer had already prepared the budget requirement for the Executive Producer to approve. The Executive Producer is the financier who holds the money bag.

During the shooting, the Line Producer sees to it that the budgetary plan is followed to the letter. But in spite of good planning, nagkakaroon pa rin ng snags during the production kaya hindi nasusunod ang budget plan.

It should be noted that one shooting day costs from P50,000 to anywhere depending on the talent fees and location. Kasama rin sa costing ang travel expenses, food at pati na rin ang accessories like props and costumes.

Lalo na sa mga low-budget productions, they take extra care to check the expenses within the budget. In fairness to producers, handa naman sila sa mga added gastos. Kaya nga may tinatawag na miscellaneous expenses, di ba?

First source of shooting snags is the travel. Conducive sa pagkaligaw kung malayo ang location ng shooting. Kaya dapat ay may travel plan – clear sketches, regrouping points, emergency numbers. Losing one’s way is a cause of delay.

Having breakfast at the location in MD Ranch in Rosario, Batangas

In my own experience, travelling to the location has a lot of potential problems. First in the list is getting lost. This happened to the cast and crew of the movie LARGAAA in going to Rosario, Batangas.

The leader of the pack treaded the long cut from the Star Toll exit. “Napalayo tayo,” sadly mused the Line Producer. It’s a good thing that the Line Producer had the mind to retrace the familiar route.

That misstep cost the production 30 precious minutes which caused the camera to miss the sunrise. And another few minutes were again spent for several stops to ask for direction. Kaya importanteng alam ang pupuntahan especially kung disoras ang biyahe.

The time of travel should also be considered. From Rosario, Batangas to Lipa City, it was supposed to be 20 minutes of travel, that’s according to a city hall official. May cameo role kasi sa movie ang Lipa City mayor.

The production team left Rosario at 9:30 am, expecting to be back by lunch time. But the promised 20 minutes turned out to be one hour due to the actual distance and the unexpected traffic.

Other potential problems of travelling on location shootings are mechanical trouble of the vehicle, accidents, problems with the driver. Of course, the service vehicles should be sufficient for the cast and crew. Hindi puwedeng may maiiwan dahil kulang ang upuan.

Yasmien Kurdi with Melody Recede, a Lipa City Hall employee, and the author in black shirt

One major problem of the production is the missing person. Lalo na kung lead actor ito, whether absent o late. “Malaking problema pag hindi dumating ang artista,” according to Fritz Silorio, the best production designer of the recent Metro Manila filmfest for the movie Kingpin – Asyong Salonga.

“Kaya importanteng hawakan ang artista to gain their support,” added Vangie Bulay, the Production Manager of the movie LARGAAA. A good relationship should be established with the talents, whether lead actors, supporting or even bit role players.

But in fairness sa mga talents, it should be understandable kung malayo at mahirap makita ang location ng shooting. Dapat malinaw ang mga sketches ng mapa at instructions for directions.

Aside from the no-show, some talents observe the cut-off rule. “May oras sila. Example eight hours lang sila sa set kaya pagdating ng artista dapat shoot agad para matapos ang mga eksena niya before the cut off,” explained Assistant Director Rommel Mayo.

Bukod sa talent problem ay puwede ring mawala ang staff o crew. You cannot proceed without the director or the assistant director. Bernie, the make-up artist himself said, “Kahit nga make-up artist pag wala sa set ay mahirap mag-proceed.”

Make-up artist Bernie doing the face of Enrique Tan while Assistant Director Rommel Mayo is scouting for a set up

Speaking of make-up, kasama na rin dito ang problema sa wardrobe at props. It is interesting to know na may dalang plantsa ang Wardrobe department. “Kung formal ang eksena, hindi puwedeng lukot ang suot,” said Wardrobe Director Joel.

Aside from the wardrobe, another responsibility of the Production Designer is the props. “Masisira kasi ang sequence pag kulang ang props,” said Art Director Hermie. Obviously dapat kumpleto ang props.

So when the Production Design department fumbles, nagkakaroon ng delay lalo na kung hindi puwedeng alisin sa eksena ang mga missing props o wardrobe. Sometimes nireremedyuhan na lang ng scriptwriter on the set.

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