It's Fall. And with fall, comes (usually) an exciting line-up of movies. There are so many that I want to see that I am just plain giddy. I am REALLY excited to see "American Gangster". I am a huge Harris Savides fan. I was shooting a feature last summer. We had no money. No organization. Barely any craft service. And on our drive back from set to Manhattan, we went past the "American Gangster" set. There were vintage cars everywhere. And big trucks. Lots of cables. Sigh. Pardon the film geek in me, but it was just so exciting to see.
I saw "Into the Wild" last week and was mesmerized. I think it's one of those films that people will either love or hate. It's cerebral. It's emotive. I love how it was shot. Sort of a series of homemade movies with divine aberrations. I went to a screening at the DGA. And its always fun to see a film surrounded by other filmmakers. We tend to over-analyze but it's still entertaining.
Today I was hired to shoot a series of music videos and that will be exquisite fun. The singer/songwriter and I have been friends for years. We actually met in the dressing room at Daffy's. I was trying on dresses for my art opening. Actually, I think (?) she tried this particular one on first and then said I should try it. And that's the one I bought. A true New York story. I am usually weary of "insta-friends" but she and I just fit. And as she puts it, "we're kin". I was also hired to DP a feature film. That has been moving at a rapid pace which is great. I actually met that director on another film that was less than desirable. The huge upside to being optimistic is I find a bonus out of everything. Working with him will be a big bonus. I like his energy and commitment. And passion.
On a similar vein, I have been working on this documentary. I mentioned that director in my last post. She too has an incredible abundance of passion and commitment. End of the day, that matters most. I am willing to go to the wall for my directors. So, they better go for the wall and be willing to jump over it, need be. It's amazing how many directors are not willing to do whatever it takes to finish a film.
We were shooting in DC this past week. I took Amtrak down. A 530am departure. Initially, I planned to sleep on the way down but was so enchanted by the scenery. I love watching the sun rise. Especially, to experience it as we passed rivers, cities, farms... And for me, a train ride is like enjoying a really long dolly shot. That train ride was a perfect film. And I think that morning, Mother Nature was showing off: intent on reminding me that she is a much better DP than I. -- -- Cybel Martin 917-856-4137 Director of photography http://www.MagicEyeFilm.com