The first thing April and I did in preproduction was to prioritize and assign responsibilities. I’m a list maker and really can’t function without one. If we didn’t take time to organize our game plan, my mind would likely be wandering about costume design even before the script was ready.
One of the items at the top of our to-do list was to find a director of photography, or DP. If you’re unfamiliar, a DP is responsible for camera and lighting decisions. They work alongside the director to assist with shot framing and adjusting the camera and lighting equipment to get the look that the director is envisioning.
We have been blessed with finding Thomas Broening, an extremely talented photographer and filmmaker who lives in Oakland. When April and I looked over the clips of his work that he had emailed us, we were both immediately taken by the quality of his shots. They also shared the look that we have envisioned for Sly Sylvester.
Take a second to look over Thomas’ work. As I was preparing to write this blog post, despite having a to-do list today that is as tall as me, I got hooked once again and spent the last hour re-looking over his portfolio and reading his blog.
We are extremely lucky to have Thomas a part of our team. Below is a short he recently completed, entitled “Mr. Anderson.” The piece is the first of a three-part short film project.