Film 6, Aug 11 – 17: Moirae

While shooting Film 6 last Saturday night, I took a moment to consider how lucky I am to have friends that are both talented and generous with their time.

Like the rest of the films in the series thus far, I called upon my friends to help me and they came through big time.  Nan McNamara and Tom Provost not only committed wholeheartedly to their characters, they also contributed greatly to their dialogue.  In fact, they both took the time to carefully craft their monologues in the film.

This was my first time shooting with my good friend, Graham Fisher.  With no crew and very little equipment, he captured stunning images and compelling compositions, as you will see.  And there is no way I would have been able to direct the film without Jeffrey Travis manning sound and Zack Stebenne manning the set.

One thing is for certain: this 7 Film project has affirmed my friendships and brought about new ones, for which, I am extremely grateful.

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11 Responses to “Film 6, Aug 11 – 17: Moirae”

  1. gravapress August 24, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Between here and there I managed to miss this one until just now.

    Powerfully good, visually beautiful, and emotionally moving. All in just over 10 minutes? Outstanding.

    • Christopher August 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you, Jake. I was fully aware from the start that I was going to be testing today’s attention deficit epidemic with this film! Especially with the long panning shots to the window and back! The whole attention thing was intentionally something I wanted to work on with this film.

      I know I “failed” with some, but I also know I succeeded with others. It’s funny what some folks will sit through, sometimes for hours, and what they won’t, even for a few minutes!

  2. doughnutdiva August 24, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    “I could live off that look forever…”
    Such an interesting view into the ways a single moment can turn. It so well done that we can actually just focus on the feeling. Well done to you and your team of new and old friends. :)

    • Christopher August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Great insight! You know, that final monologue was written by Tom himself, the actor :) It’s great having talented friends!

  3. John Newcombe August 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Great film, Chris! Loved it. You got wonderful performances out of Tom and Nan. So much going on there under the surface – sign of a great director. Really nice stuff.

    • Christopher August 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks, John! It must have been especially fun for you since you know Tom and Nan! And I sure appreciate the affirmation :) It really was a joy working with them…

  4. Michael August 19, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Chris and cast and crew … this is an emotional and insightful little masterpiece. The imagery is stunning. The acting is first class. It pulls you right in. It was riveting. I’m proud of you, Chris. I’m happy for you, too, that you’re being creative at all, even if what you were producing wasn’t that good. But to be creative and industrious and putting forth the effort to produce something of this caliber is what life should be all about. The doing of it. Nothing more is guaranteed save what comes from doing.


    • Christopher August 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank you, Michael. A very generous and thoughtful comment, indeed! :)

  5. G. Fish August 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Nice one, CB. I could really feel the sense of experimentation with this one. Love the ceiling fan shot. Reminded me of “Cape Fear” (the remake with Nick Nolte). One of my favorite movies, cinematography-wise.

    • G. Fish August 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      Sorry. I hit “post” too quick. Meant to ask, was the dark look completely intentional or did a lack of equipment help that decision?

      • Christopher August 19, 2011 at 10:04 am #

        Thanks for the comments, dude bro! We were quite intentional with the lighting, especially the use of negative space. I love it! There’s a shot in Film 4, just before Cassidy enters the house, when Elena enters, she is swallowed up by pure black! it’s stuff like that I strive for. To have filled the interior with lights would have been tragic.

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