What To Expect on a Film Set – A Diary Entry

By ,March 8, 2023

Dear Diary,

Today was a whirlwind! I had my first experience on a film set as an actor, and I couldn’t wait to jot down my thoughts and share them with other new actors who might be wondering what to expect.

As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly crew member who gave me a quick rundown of the schedule for the day. It was amazing to see how many people were working behind the scenes to make everything happen. There were camera operators, sound technicians, makeup artists, and so many more. I was blown away by the amount of preparation and coordination that goes into a single shoot.

Once we started filming, I quickly realised that it was a completely different ballgame than anything I had done before. We had to be mindful of everything, from our movements to our expressions, as each shot was carefully planned out. It was challenging, but also incredibly rewarding to see everything coming together on screen.

I was nervous at first about working with the other actors, but they were all so welcoming and supportive. We spent a lot of time rehearsing our scenes and working out the details, but it was great to see how our performances evolved throughout the day.

One of the most surprising things was how many takes we did of each shot. I quickly learned that this was all part of the process, and that each take was a chance to refine our performances and get everything just right. It was a long day, but I was so focused on doing my best that the time seemed to fly by.

As the day went on, I also learned a lot about the technical side of things. We had to be mindful of the lighting, the camera angles, and even the sound levels. It was fascinating to see how each of these elements came together to create a cohesive scene.

Overall, it was an incredible experience, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have worked on a film set. I learned so much about the craft of acting and gained a newfound appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making a movie or TV show. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out, and I’m already looking forward to my next time on set.

Until next time,


Author Nisrine Amine

Nisrine Amine is an AWGIE and AACTA-award nominated writer and a Sydney Theatre award nominated actor. She is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Parramatta Actors Centre. Learn about Nisrine's vision for PAC here.

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