It’s not everyday your boss asks if you’re interested in flying to California and assisting camera on an independent short film. Plans were made and I flew straight from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago with my brother to get to work.
Working on set of “Witness 11” with Sean, Chris and Angie (and so many more) in Berkeley was something I didn’t think I would get to experience in my life. It was such a great experience on its own, being my first major production experience. Working under Ultimate Badass Phil Bowen running three Red ONE cameras and working with actors with very long takes, I learned SO MUCH in those few days. I learned how to properly slate takes, the politics of crew interactions and, most importantly, my first large-scale buffet-style craft services experience.
A production of this magnitude also revealed a few firsts for me, including a production design team on set, as many as 30 actors in one scene and large-scale VFX green screen shots for crowd duplication.
Fast forward to summer 2015, I’m sitting in a seat next to my coworkers and friends in the beautiful Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis as the film is screening at the annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. I now get to share the final product of this great film and I finally get to share the feelings of being completely inspired by the craziness of all the pieces of production working together so well.
Not only was the film well received in the Showcase, but it was nominated and won awards for direction, acting and editing. It also earned a spot in the St. Louis International Film Festival taking place this November.
Talk about hard work paying off in a big way. I’m so happy to be able to say that I worked on this film and I couldn’t be more proud of the recognition it’s getting.
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