Since January, I have moved to LA, completed an internship with The Kennedy/Marshall Company, freelanced as an editor and camera assistant, and temporarily transplanted to Kentucky to direct a feature.
The film is being produced by Asbury University as a part of their summer class to give students an on set experience. The script was written by a former professor and follows a young woman dealing with confronting her dying abusive father after years of estrangement. I brought in Layne Inselman as a gaffing mentor and Nikki Lee as 1st AD.
We've just completed our first week of filming - it was a bit of a learning curve as our crew is almost entirely students - most of which have only been on student film sets, if any. It's been inspiring to see how eager they are to learn their jobs and make this film. In addition, it's been an interesting process to direct and teach at the same time.
This project has also been a creative challenge in that it's not the usual style of film I direct in that it's primarily dialogue driven - a drama with sitcom stylistic elements - and not something I've written. My usual fare are gritty moral dramas or psychological thrillers. It's been a unique process to find and execute the tone of this story in a way that will emphasize the truths of the theme.
Meanwhile, The Stranger, has been receiving positive feedback at festivals. Carolina Garrigo, my co-writer, and I are working on a feature version of the script. One can never have too much of aliens and Christmas! Following wrapping this feature, I'll be spending some time in NYC for post-production and working on developing a concept for a David Urbinati music video.
This year has already been wonderful - filled with incredible people, projects, and experiences. Here's to telling stories for a living!