We’re filming today: fifteen people bustling about with an air of organised chaos. Or possibly just chaos. You can mitigate this with planning: who needs to be where and when. Who is responsible for camera, for lighting, for making coffee, for running interference. But you need to allow for spontaneity too. When to comes to performance, you need space for expression, to allow the human to come through the process.
If we don’t plan things, we won’t make it through the day. With this many people, you lose traction, lose momentum, every cup of tea leads to a thirty minute delay. But once you have the framework in place it’s easy to miss the magic. It’s possible for the control to squeeze out creativity. And not just in filming. In our everyday lives and work. So do you have space for spontaneity?