From the journal of Anne Beal (see previous post):
As an animation, film and video student, my summer with Kazoo Films was priceless. Observing Nandan set up his shots gave me insight into cinematography; working with Bruno + Harrison gave me the opportunity to see a beautiful creative and collaborative relationship. I appreciated Forrest as a grounded and wise collaborator…and for introducing me to the project. He generated so much interest in the film – the film couldn’t exist without him.
Some practical things I learned: in the bonfire shoot, Nandan used large squares of foam core spray painted silver to reflect light from the fire and provide more/prettier light for the camera. In indoor shots, like the kitchen in [one of the farms], he hung black fabric around the light bulbs he brought to control the path/distribution of light. Seeing these things applied on a live set has served me well in my education! I’m focusing primarily on animation at RiSD right now. One thing I was worried about was not getting enough experience in live action on a set. I got that this summer, and amidst the lush mountains of WNC at that!
I learned so much about organizing a production. I became really good at talking to strangers and new acquaintances about things we needed for production. In my first week I went around to about a dozen establishments in Hendersonville, Asheville, Flat Rock and Clay County asking proprietors to donate props. I had to be really convincing and professional and assure them that our project was worth while, and that we would take care of their items. I was pleased to learn that people in our community were so willing to help!
As we got into filming, my responsibilities developed into organizing and shopping for and preparing food for the crew and cast at shoots. Also, I had a car, which was really helpful in running errands. We also used it as a dolly in one shot at six in the morning in downtown Marshall….yessssssss.
I got to spruce up the sets, too, which was a lot of fun – like playing house sometimes. Making a living space convincing on camera – that’s another thing I learned.
Thanks again, Anne. You are the best.
Keep an eye on this blog, folks. Things are getting interesting again in Kazoo-land (hint: rough cut).