This weekend was one of the most important in my life, I think... On Saturday, I shot the first scene of Elmwood Productions' first full length feature film, Josh and Todd: The Story of a Man and his Puppet (check out the blog!!!) It was one of the most stressful, hectic, and incredibly satisfying Saturdays that I can remember. Once the shoot was finished, I was left thoroughly exhausted and completely satisfied with my little place in the world. I felt at home behind the camera, setting up shots, directing actors, and generally running the show.
I have to say that Jon, my co-director and general partner in crime, having my back was a tremendous confidence booster for me, though. He was awesome! He helped me get comfortable with the equipment (thanks to Russ for the tutorial) and with my role, giving me a lot of freedom and latitude with shots and performances. This was really a test to see whether or not the Jon Bristol and Jim Williams directing team that we has envisioned for so long would actually work in a practical setting. I think we were able to prove to ourselves and to those we were working with that not only did it work, but it was extremely effective and all around awesome.
Thanks to Jon, Stegmaier, Mark, Ron @ Central, as well as the lovely Michelle behind the bar, for making Saturday such a personal success.