As a professional photographer I’m being commissioned to photograph many different interesting people, events and objects. My last job was particularly interesting: film set photography!
Berlin-based production company Connor Film GmbH commissioned me to photograph the set of their latest TV commercial production for a major pharmaceutical company.
I flew to Berlin the night before the shoot. I arrived on the film set at 6am. To my surprise it was already very busy there. The crew was setting up lights and decorating the set. The camera team was installing rails on the floor. The make-up artists and hairdressers were preparing the actors and extras in various rooms throughout the building. The catering company was serving breakfast.
I have photographed many weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, christenings, congresses, concerts and exhibitions already – but never before a film set! The atmosphere on the film set was very concentrated and very positive; nobody seemed to be stressed at all.
I went from room to room capturing all these busy and concentrated moments. I was surprised by the sheer size of the crew. Almost 40 people were involved.
The actual filming started at 11am. I found it fascinating how the entire team worked like clockwork. Everybody had a very specific task – one guy for example was hired as ‘script continuity supervisor’. All he had to do was to make sure that the script continuity was maintained at all times. If an actor had a sip from a water glass in one take he had to make sure that the water is refilled to the exact same level before the next take.
During the lunch break I had an interesting conversation with the director of photography. I discovered how similar photography and cinematography actually is. The basic concepts seem to be the same.
The PR and marketing team of the production company is now using my photos to pitch for new projects. They also posted a lot of them on twitter and facebook.