There is always a smidge of uncertainty on a film set the moment the words "it's a wrap" are about to be announced. I guess the reason for it is partially because we simply cannot believe we actually made it to that point, where 2/3'rds of the work is done. Secondly, there is always the question of possible reshoots before all the footage is reviewed. Finally, and in my opinion most importantly, it is because no matter how stressful it often gets, the production is the fun part of filmmaking and none of us wants it to end. We officially wrapped Stevie and I could feel a little tear well up in my eye, as I realised we wrapper the film we have have been working on for the past 6 months.
The production of Stevie has not been easy. As a matter of fact it might have been one of the most complicated shoots I have ever been on but it has definitely moved us up one more level in professionalism. Working with an 8 year old child was a huge challenge and a first time experience to me, as well as most of the crew. Even though our shooting days were not even half as long as they usually are when it comes to working on set, the schedule was extremely tight, due to the limit of working hours of our child actress.
As a Cinematographer, I gained new experience working with new equipment, such as crane, tilt-shift lens, GoPro, cucoloris and many others, but most importantly, I have learnt the importance of lighting over the camera itself. Lighting is a very significant part of Stevie. As it is a story of a blind girl, I wanted to artificially create a naturalistic light in almost every shot through the use of shadows, light reflections and colors.
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