It’s not doubt that the creative process of filmmaking requires teamwork. What, to you, generates fruitful collaboration? And what do you do to enhance this collaborative process?
Filmmaking is like no other art form. it's never ever going to be good without collaborators and they can come in many forms. On the creative side, you want to find a director you can work with, not only as a person but as a creative because this is probably the most important relationship there will be. This back and forth will determine how involved you feel and how much input you ultimately have because as a cinematographer, your responsibilities are just as high.
You need someone that is open, willing to collaborate and overall, someone you share morals with because you're going to be spending a lot of time with them and the only way a good body of work can come out of this is if the above falls true.
The same works on my side. Some directors/clients want collaboration, some don't. What I do is try and be open as much as possible and try and give an input where it can be done. You just have to assess the situation and the type of person he/she might be.
How did you go about finding the right talent? How did those conversations go?
For my Moment Invitational film, I ended up finding my talent through Facebook, of all places. Being new in Canada at the time, I had no idea but groups on Facebook are definitely ones that everyone should keep bookmarked. This was the most stressful aspect of the whole process because ultimately, everything resides with them. I had no dialogue, no cuts to hide things - it was all down to them. So the immediate conversations were to just see who they were and what they were like. Like any collaborator, you want someone that you feel connected with, someone that you could talk openly with because again, filmmaking is a very intense process full of emotion, trust and a lot more that is essential if things need to go smooth. So, finding the right people is super important. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. I made sure that she had context and motivation. They need to know why they're doing what they're doing and in what context it all takes place. I ended up making a special context for her so she could apply her techniques which would allow her to think in certain ways to help the performance.
Why was sound design so important?
I've always been into sound, i was just no good at it no matter what I tried. I spent most of university looking at sound art and exploring how it can affect the work that you put out and it's interpretation upon the viewers. This holds true for film, commercial, basically anything. This piece was no different. Given the style of the piece, I knew from the get-go that it would be nice if the score would completely contrast what was happening visually. I wanted it to have its own identity, be confident and completely unhinged so that it would revolve in a similar world to what the overall theme of the piece was. Thankfully I found an amazingly talented collaborator to work with. Like everyone who helped out on this (mostly all for free), i owe them a great deal.