Just wrapped principle photography on an outstanding short film written by Risa Williams and directed by Derek Owen. The story features a bitter, tyrannical screenwriting instructor who is finally confronted by one of his students. The script was exceptionally well put-together and the shoot went relatively smoothly, especially considering how much coverage we were trying to achieve in a short amount of time.
The director and I wanted to create a classroom environment that was somewhere between a traditional classroom and an interrogation room. In retrospect I think we could have pushed a little further toward the “interrogation” look in some scenes, but Derek and I are both pleased with the overall results.
One of the biggest victories of the day was the sheer page-count: we shot 10 pages of coverage on location. To put this in perspective, 10 pages is a good day for even the biggest dramatic television shows, shows that can afford to shoot in much more favorable circumstances (e.g., on stage, with well-paid crews and all the right gear). I think what we accomplished was remarkable given the circumstances, and I attribute this success in large part to the experience and positive attitude of the crew.
The most rewarding part of this shoot for me was the incredible team that made it happen, and how many of them are not only accomplished film professionals but also old friends. It really felt like a family on set, and this is something that I’ve been looking for for a long time in this business. Special thanks goes to long-time colleagues Nate Miller, who operated A Camera, and gaffer Ryan French. We had a sizable camera department by short-film standards (seven people), and between all the handheld work and the full camera package (two Arri Alexas from Panavision) I have to say they did a phenomenal job. Can’t wait to work with this team again on the next project.
The view from Anchorage Street: strong wind across flat sand. Sun.