I forget why I want the things I want. And then I watch this and I remember.
I shot my first feature film.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to say anything about it because in my head, telling people about my work and then being asked to show it, equals the same amount of stressful feelings that I would have if I was standing naked in the middle of Times Square, while holding a grenade.
On the other hand we had a premiere and it went so great that I decided that maybe it’s not so terrible to write about this experience.
On the night of the premiere I was late for one reason and one excuse. The excuse was that I was shooting something else that day. The reason was that I didn’t want to see anyone before the movie, for fear that my anxiety would caused me to scream in unknown to the man languages and run away like a drunk raccoon on high heels. So I was 20 minutes (fashionably) late.
I started feeling butterflies in my stomach once the echo of laughter reached my hearing antennas as I was walking down, what it felt to be, the longest hallway of my life. I entered the theatre, sat quietly in the dark like a proper introvert and once in a while I would turn around to see the audience. What I felt can only be described as a massive explosion of 50kg of popcorn that is made out of adrenaline.
At the end of the premiere Claudia gave me the license plates that were made specifically for the car used in this awesome scene:
I’m super glad that she chose to give me this specific prop because it reminds me my favourite day of shooting, which eventually became my favourite sequence in the movie . What can I say, I love night scenes. Besides, that was the same night that we got kicked out of a whole neighbourhood because they thought that we were shooting an adult film.
Here’s a few not color graded snapshots:
Everyone liked this movie a lot. There was laughter throughout the whole film, which is great, because, you know, it’s a comedy. But it was also very moving to talk to people afterwards. There’s nothing like the love, support and genuine enthusiasm you get from people after a screening. It’s like you’re being wrapped in a blanket in front of a fireplace.
And the crew. The people I’ve worked with are giants. Truly talented, humble and sweet.
Sometimes I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
News on festivals/distribution/trailer coming soon. Woot woot!
Can we talk about how awesome Snatch is? For the 5% of you that have no idea what Snatch is, please stop reading this and go watch it. Now.
For those of you that have seen the movie and didn’t like it, I’m sorry but we can’t be friends anymore. For those of you that actually love it as much as I do, I’m sending you cyber high fives as we speak.
Snatch is not a new movie, but I’ve seen it so many times in the past month that I really felt the need to write a little something about it.
Why am I so obsessed with this blood-spilling story? Probably because I’m in a very specific mind set right now (the criminal mind set? you might rightfully ask. As much as I would like to say yes and disappear into a cloud of smoke the answer is unfortunately, no. It’s probably because my love for dry, witty, sarcastic humour is measuring its own depth this month. Besides, the closest thing to a criminal thought that I “ever” had was perhaps stab with a pen the person who stole my camera gear last week…and then take them flowers and apologise. On that positive note time to wrap this thought up before it turns into the longest parenthesis in the history of ever).
So yeah, Snatch has been in my life quite a bit lately. To the point where, when people ask me time related questions, the answer is always the same. “Two minutes Turkish”. Even if these people are from Mars and the real answer to their question is in a decade.
On a more informal note, Snatch was shot by Tim Maurice-Jones who appears in the beginning of the movie as the man who gets beaten up by Franky Four-Fingers, played by Benicio Del Toro.
Cinematography-wise I couldn’t find any information on the film stock this movie was shot on and therefore I can’t decide if the internet is in fact incomplete or if I just suck at googling things. I choose to believe the former for self-evident reasons.
Until the next movie that has been out for ages and I decided to watch over and over again, auf wiedersehen.
Love this film stock
Kodak 500T 5219/7219
A few months ago I shot a film called Skid Row Love. A movie about drugs, love and lots of blood.
Benji (a.k.a movie encyclopedia) called me one day and said that he had two stories for me to choose from. He sent me both of the scripts. Read the first one, liked it but wasn’t too sure about it. Started reading the second one, three sentences in I knew I wanted to shoot it. It was probably the dead body lying around in the story that got me. Creepy, I know, but hey, how many normal people do you know that are into filmmaking?
After I finished reading I called B. and said that I’d love to shoot it. A few hours later he sent me a bunch of very disturbing pictures and said “This is the look we’re going for”. To be honest, I expected nothing less from him.
I sent him the bathroom scene from Trainspotting for inspiration and said that it was one of my favourite drug movies.This was the reason why when we started shooting he decided to change one of the scenes and have one of the characters look for the murder weapon in the toilet instead of the sink.
We spent 3 full, delightfully sticky days in a tiny apartment in West Hollywood, that became the loving home of a ridiculous amount of garbage, fake blood, dirty walls and the smell of rotting life around us.
Setting up a new shot every half an hour was almost impossible because we had to move a pile of garbage in an effort to find a corner that was not covered in corn syrup with red food colouring to set the camera. The expression “the shit hit the fun” had never been more literal.
Everyone who was working on the set was pushed up against the wall or in the closet. It was gross shooting in there and at the same time I started questioning my own sanity for having so much fun in that little hole of terrors.
Skid Row is still in post production and it might take a few more months to be polished, but I will share it once it’s ready.
Here’s a shot that I’m color grading for my new demo:
Adam Reeser as Jimmy and Claire E Cohen as Suzanne