Intricacies of Filming On-Location

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Mazviba

The Geraldine Roche Drama Arts Academy programme has recently shifted its focus towards film production training, marking a significant milestone in its curriculum.

The students enrolled in the programme were given the opportunity to undergo their first on-location training session at a residence in the vibrant township of Phelandaba.

This move represents a strategic decision by the academy to provide its students with practical experience and exposure to real-world filming scenarios.

Preparation on-location is crucial for aspiring filmmakers for several reasons. Firstly, it allows learners to familiarise themselves with the challenges and intricacies of filming in different environments.

In addition, it provides a hands-on experience that cannot be replicated in a traditional classroom setting. They learn how to adapt to varying lighting conditions, acoustics, and spatial constraints, which are essential skills for successful filmmaking.

Furthermore, on-scene training enables trainees to understand the logistical aspects of film production, such as securing permits, coordinating with local authorities, and managing equipment at the venue.

By immersing themselves in real-world filming situations, students can develop problem-solving skills and learn how to collaborate effectively with a team in a dynamic environment.

The lessons at the home in Phelandaba serves as preparation for the upcoming short film that the scholars are expected to produce as part of their participation in the programme