In-Depth Blog Post #5 – A Beautiful Mind

These past few weeks have been the most monumental in our in-depth journey. We created our first serious film and learnt many key skills along the way. We started off our meeting using the black hat. In order to ensure that we do the best filming job possible, we assessed potential faults and problems. We studied and found possible solutions to potential obstacles. Elyjah, our mentor, said that “it is good to learn your weaknesses because that will help you succeed.” We came to the conclusion that we needed to delay our filming process. Our technical camera skills were lacking. We didn’t want to waste our time, the actor’s time, or not do a thorough job, so we decided to dedicate time to learn more about the camera controls. We used parallel thinking to, as Edward de Bona said in How to Have a Beautiful Mind, “help enhance [our] conversations” to come to an effective solution (p.91). Luckily, we had the resources necessary- our mentor, Elyjah.

We switched to the white hat as we moved on to start learning the camera techniques. We assessed the camera knowledge Ethan and I had and then moved on. Elyjah asked us, “so, what do you know about using a camera?” I dabbled in photography, so I had a decent amount, while Ethan had never used a professional camera before. Elyjah decided to start from the beginning of camera knowledge and teach us the basics. For an hour, we solely “focused on information” (de Bono p.90).

We transferred our attention to picking the right actor, and for this we used the red hat. For our main actor, I saw Kate as the perfect person. There wasn’t too much reasoning for it, I simply felt that Kate “fit the role perfectly.” Ethan and Elyjah agreed. Elyjah said that when picking actors “follow your gut because you know what vision you have for the film.” We decided to follow our intuition and go with Kate as the main actor. We then chose Jian as the secondary character. We felt that since they were friends in real life, it would come across more natural on camera. We then scheduled another meeting for filming.

At our next meeting, we focused on filming starting off with the blue hat. We evaluated our situation and what we wanted to complete. We had one hour to film on the fields before sports started so we had a quick “consideration of alternative focuses”(de Bono p.101). We then switched to our yellow hats and assessed all the positives of filming on the fields. Since, we wanted to shoot with high colour, saturation, and greenery, we decided the field was the best location.
We came to the decision to “aim to get the footage for the first half of the film on the field.”  We walked over to our filming location and got started. 

We put our green hats on and used productive creativity to decide on the angles and shots we wanted to shoot. We evaluated all “ideas, alternatives, possibilities, and designs,” and chose specific types of shots to creatively portray our intended vision (de Bono p.99). Elyjah said, “when you are filming, you have to be flexible and keep improving your previous ideas.” Over the next hour we filmed using our green hats. After the meeting, Ethan and I edited our films, constantly switching between the different hats.



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