Dead Envy became the third feature that I shot and it earned a very special place in my heart for a few important reasons. First and foremost, the people that worked on this were an absolute joy to work with. Hard working, talented, kind and extremely entertaining.
Two, it was shot in black and white in a place full of mirrors – which means that it was one of the most challenging shoots I ever had. Every time we watched dailies all I was thinking about was how to push the lighting even more. Harsh shadows, very bright highlights, shapes, all the good stuff.
Three the sound track of this movie is absolutely phenomenal. And I cannot tell you how picky I am about music, especially sound tracks.
Four, this movie fell in my hands at a pivotal moment in my life. I decided to leave San Francisco because, well it’s time. 24 hours after I made this decision, I got offered to shoot this movie in LA and so I took it as a sign. A few days later I packed up my things and left for almost 2 months.
And all sorts of magical things happened in LA. A mix of emotions that I never felt before.
Major shout-out to my Bay Area gaffer, my one and only Geoff Norman, who came with me to LA to light the first two days and then Daniel Kautz that took over after.
Upon my return to the Bay I made a new list of goals. Number 1 is move back to LA in a few months, number 2 shoot a movie in Iceland, number 3 eat more tacos.
A few screenshots from the movie:
Written and directed by Harley Di Nardo
Gaffer: Geoff Norman, Daniel Kautz