First Time Shooting Full-Auto
There are certain projects I work on that I show up and think, "what am I doing here? I'm going to suck. I'm going to look like an idiot. I'm not qualified for this." This was one of those projects. But just like every other time I have self-doubt, I show up, suck it up and surprise myself.
Getting the script for this project had me both excited and extremely nervous. I was going to be shooting a full-auto gun for the first time EVER! And while I shoot guns, I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means. I'm still learning and full-auto is an entirely new level I had zero experience with. Showing up on a set full of "gun" guys and being a female is intimidating. Don't get me wrong, everyone was extremely nice and welcoming but it's still an intimidating moment. Especially when they hand you a full-auto 300 blk out, all eyes on you, camera on and you've never shot full auto EVER!
The moments leading up to my first shots seemed to creep by, time stood still. I could feel and hear my heart pounding through this daze of muffled noise. I kept repeating in my head "Breathe Courtney. Relax. Don't tense up. Don't jerk the trigger. Hit the target and no matter what, safety first: point the gun in a safe direction and finger off the trigger if anything starts to go wrong." The moment I pulled the trigger it went by in a FLASH! There's something magical that happens when you shoot full-auto, you can't help but smile. Immediately after the ammo ran out I remember turning to the camera and smiling from ear to ear, which in the filming world is cardinal sin #1. For this type of shooting you're never supposed to look at the camera and then I realized I probably wasn't supposed to smile either since I needed to look more serious or "bad ass". Whoops....failed that one but I just couldn't help myself.
Watch the video to see how it all turned out!
Here's a behind the secnes look from this incredible project with SilencerCo.