Last week, I traveled up to San Francisco to work with my friend Gabe on a new film project that I am considering. It all came about rather suddenly - I discovered the subject, emailed him, and a week and a half later I was in Northern California shooting with him and his friends - and unexpectedly as I am still deep in the post process on the Cobain film. (Strangely, this was not unlike the way Gigantic began - I popped the question to John Flansburgh and two weeks later I was in the studio with them in Brooklyn.)
Yesterday, my subject happened to be in Los Angeles taking part in the filming of a new movie. (See there's a bit of disclosure - the subject does some "acting".) I was on the set shooting my subject as he was being filmed by the other director - the "real" director of the "real" movie. I was basically functioning as a "behind the scenes" camera guy, jumping to get out of the way of cables, of where the camera was focused, having to be constantly aware of not appearing in their shot.
Beyond this, there were some other caveats. Some of the people on set did not want to be filmed. Yet they kept walking into my shot. And standing there. For a long time. And I wondered am I gonna have to blur their image? Make a digital animated mask for their heads? Re-crop the frame?
Some of these same folks just kind of ignored me for most of the night - not in a rude way, just that they clearly had more important things to do than worry about the documentary camera guy who was hanging around. That and they were trying to do the thing that all of us do when there's a "behind the scenes" crew around - don't look at them so as to seem "natural".
There will be much to talk about this film as the weeks progress. After a bit of time with him, I like my subject a lot. He's definitely charismatic and interesting, and his story is provocative and timely.
Once I figure out what to make of it, I will be public about it here.