Director of Photography
He made the trade of his life.
Most importantly, this was a story from the depths of my being. The subject matter is difficult, the story is relentless in its pursuit of a better outcome for the protagonist, and the characters are executed to perfection by brilliant AFG actors. From soup to nuts, Annex Film Group threw everything behind this production, trusted a first-time director, and took creative, artsy risks at a time when American cinema was devouring artsy risky films. I think the end result is something we’re all proud of.
For me, personally, this project was film school and a thesis project, rolled into one, for about seven grand. The writing process took a month; the rewriting process took a solid year. Production took three weekends, and editing took me another year. Very long for a 15-minute film, to be sure; but during this time, I literally learned every part of the process of filmmaking–re/writing, pre-production, production, editing, accepting critiques, film festival promotion, and trusting both my instincts and my wonderful AFG collaborators.