Director, based off of the word, the most important role is to direct the performances of the actors and actresses. On this, I’d become a student of.
Last month, there was a gathering of movie fanatics, where I’d met the director, Chi-Yen Yi. Because of work, I’d just started working with a young actor who was under his directions from before, he’d asked me what I thought about the actor? “He’s easy to film.” I’d told him, it’s really hard, to have a good actor like him.
“Easy to film”, is not to be taken as good looking on camera, from the angle of ads on TV, certain models look better from certain angles, and, we’d especially zoomed in on that. And still, that’s in commercial, but, if we’re shooting a film, then, how can we just shoot one side of the actor or actress’s face? That would be too weird, too awkward.
What I meant by “easy to film” is that the performance of the actor/actress is very natural, at the time I’m filming them.
Working with this kind of actors or actresses, as the camera started rolling, you wouldn’t want to shut it off again—you couldn’t help, but feel attracted to the performances the actors or actresses are giving, to the point you’d forgotten to yell, “CUT!” and, when you’re editing, you’d realized, that almost EVERY single segment with her/him in it, is usable. But you knew, that in order to perform so naturally, so realistic, it is, truly a difficult thing to do, this has to do with the performer’s concentration and imagination. Of course, other than the talents, getting into one’s role is also a needed preliminary.
But, everybody gets tired from time to time, the performers couldn’t continually perform up to standard all the time, so, the camera crew must also be prepared.
As the actors and actresses walked on set to rehearse, the camera crews zoom in, the art crew made sure the props are all right, the sound department made sure that the quality of the sounds are up to standard………but wait, think of how those endless nights we’d taken to work, those cigarette butts, piling up, sky-high, along with all those vitamin, dietary supplements, what are they for? For the sake, of capturing the actors’ and actresses’ outstanding performance, and, keep it recorded down, in the hard drives (originally, on the film strips, but now, film strips are rarely used).
This reminded me of chess.
Any game worth remembering are played, with an honorable opponent, so, the two of you can go back and forth, back and forth, continue together, perfectly. Yes, we’re all, in search of perfection, filming is exactly so, both parties needed to work real hard. If the actors or actresses didn’t remember the lines, couldn’t get into characters, then, it would be, wasting the filming crews’ time; but, if because of a technicality error, and lost the shot of the actors/actresses’ perfect moment on screen, then, the unprofessionalism is on the filming crew.
He’d easy to film, but, you couldn’t get the best shots of him.
This is all about work ethics, and having the professionalism, and, it is, like a game of chess, because you have to watch everything that’s going on, to make the right moves, this, is even more so in life, isn’t it???