The aim of Lenny exercise is learning basic skills of pre-production, production and post production. In pre-production, I learnt how to use professional camera such as sony Z5 and Z7. I had experience of using camera exactly like Z5 before, which is Sony DSR-DP198p, and it just has different sensors. The embarrassing thing was that I couldn’t recall how to white balance on that camera. The reason is that I been using cameras such as Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera that can shoot in raw file, even I had a few chances to use Red One and Red Epic in last year in previous Uni. Raw file means that color temperature always can be changed in post-production.
The most exciting thing was learning technology of sound recording, and this is my weakest part. Never before had I touched professional audio gears such as sound mixer, shot-gun mic. These are completely new to me. So in production, I was keen to be recordist twice, and boomer once. Whereas in post-production, I found that a few points I should notice in future exercise. For example, to ensure getting better quality of voice, I should arm down the boom as much as I can (at the same time, keep the mic out of frame) while a cinematographer are composing in a colse-up. Another thing need to be noticed when recording sound in a wide shot, the boom mic should be placed far from the actor in order to film the scene. So what to do is to shoot all the dialogue in closeup, even if I know that the first line or two will be shown in wide shot in the final edit, and then the audio from the closeup is overlaid on top of the picture from the wide shot.