Once upon a time I wanted to go into the film industry.
"How cool would it be," thought I, "if I could make professional movies and be a part of this exciting and creative industry!" So I thought about who I knew who might help me get connected to the film making scene and suddenly remembered, "Hey! I totally know a guy!".
As fate would have it, I happened to bump into the guy just a few days later. Bruce Wing (not to be confused with Bruce Wayne) is a family friend and a prop master/flim producer. He's a friend of my family, and totes gave me ginger ale and ice cream when I would visit his home to collect fast offerings as a deacon. He told me he was working on a film covering the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. He told me he'd talk to the cameraman and see if they could use an intern.
And so it was that I managed to finagle my way into free catered meals for a week.
Here are some of the pictures I took:
I was the "assistant to the first assistant cameraman", which means that I would set up monitors, grab lens cases, and fetch a Dr. Pepper for the 1st AC whenever he wanted one. It was actually perfect, because I would help set up the camera equipment, then as they were rehearsing I had nothing to do, allowing me to take pictures of the perfectly lit scenes before we started rolling.
This resulted in some amazing pictures:
It was a great experience, and I'm glad I went for it, even if it did involve calling in "sick" for work, missing a full week of school right before finals, and long, rain-filled, 12 hour days of manual labor. Funnily enough though, the two main reasons why I'm glad I had this chance are:
1- It made me realize I don't want to be a freelance filmmaker.
I had a long talk with Bruce while on set one day. He told me about the downsides of his line of work: you don't ever have a steady schedule, you have no company benefits, you are always looking for work etc. Basically, there is no consistency or security in the freelance film making business. I noticed that most of the workers on set took everything very seriously - too seriously, at times. They didn't seem like they were having fun, rather, they were enduring this hard week of work, knowing they'd be out of a job if they made a mistake.
I'm not about that life.
I'm glad I could be a part of making that film, because it made me realize I wanted to do something more consistent and reliable for the rest of my life.
2- Also, one day for breakfast we had these apple-stuffed french toast things that were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Seriously, it was almost work the whole experience just for those!
3- And I had the opportunity to take some of the best photos I've ever taken:
I loved the colors of this girl's costume and eyes, so I pulled her aside as she was leaving and asked for her pictures.
The lighting was set up so perfectly on this shot. The horse wasn't even a big part of the frame, she was just chillin' in the background!
I was surprised by how many people I knew on set. Not only did I meet a girl that turned out to be my cousin, I also saw Bud, a friend from Dixie. He was a miner for this scene, and I yelled his name while he was waiting with his fellow extras, allowing me to get this shot.
Once again, perfect lighting.
It was a good experience, but I'll probably never do it again.
...well, I mean never again after I go to Costa Rica with Bruce to film a movie trailer. :)