It might be a little tacky to reblog a post about yourself. But, here I am.
Enjoy life people.
What if I told you, to drop everything you are doing right this second, and said, “we need you, there is no pay, I’m not getting paid, come over here, move two states away, and Maybe, Maybe, I can find you work after this.” ”Maybe.”
We had a project that shot a few years ago and that’s was the phone call I made to him. I felt terrible but I was in a pinch since we had no guys here that were qualified we could afford and at the same time, so much was at stake with this project that we couldn’t take chances on rooks. At the time of the phone call, I could hear him driving around in the Oregonian Wilderness, probably trying to figure out how to pump gas and such things. But by the end of the call he did the thing that impresses everyone, he did the thing that made no sense. He said, “Yes.” In two days we were shooting the project at a soundstage in Los Angeles. A project that is the on the verge as most are.
But the real joy was him working as part of the team, and part of the family. That was two years ago. Since then, he’s been apart of amazing things, and done great things, he has risen through the ranks, become organized, and focused, and aside from being a little obsessed in survival mode on MW3, he’s my first or second call after the one I initially get from a producer. Sometimes working on bigger shit than I could have brought him on. And when I do have a spot on something special in the photo world(since I work in both arenas), and I can fit him in, he will get the call.
Film making is family, you need a crew, a cadre of people you can believe in, you can trust. A group of guys that will make fun of you to your face, and help push you through wall of fire. And when you are coordinating with the director and the producer and the 1st AD, you do not worry about what the lights are doing, or how the camera is configured. You just trust. Trust in your guys. That they will stick to the plan, and for the areas that aren’t fully fleshed out, they will improvise on their own.
I will use him as long as I can afford him. And in the end, I believe why he resonates so closely with me. Is because his spirit, his drive, and his awareness of being in the now, in the present, reminds me so much of me 7 years ago. I’m looking at a mirror image of myself. I can only hope he turns out better than me.
Beverly Hills, CA
Rolleiflex 2.8E 80mm Schnieder-Krueznach Portra 160 NC