Monday, September 24, 2007
Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching Jeff Reilly, of Face First Films, finish shooting a short he wrote called 'OK, Great' he has been working on for a while. I have to say, watching someone in their element is so much fun. Jeff surrounds himself with talent- from Bob 2.0, to Adrian Correia to the actors- everyone played their part and then some. Everyone was exhausted (I think Jeff said he had a total of 6 hours of sleep in the past 3 days) but still so amped up for their shoot- things got done, and done well. One of the hats Jeff was wearing was that of director. Now, I pride myself on my ability to direct my clients- getting what I need during a shoot and not making them feel like they are out there alone, unsure of what to do, all while making it feel natural and fun. Jeff is at a whole other level. He is so calm, and even- making script changes, lighting adjustments, no big deal. He made his actors feel comfortable, and competent- if they weren't feeling a line, well, they tweaked it so that it flowed better. He also really kept the momentum of the shoot going when it needed that the most. Last take, a bunch of run-throughs, he kept it live and got what he needed. Thanks guys for letting me observe such an incredible day, I hope to do it again soon! Get writing, Jeff!