My first stab at fiction was a tough haul. I was going to bury this episode and pretend the idea for this series never happened because I wasn’t happy with the piece. Documentary filmmaking is a very organic process that is challenging and incredibly rewarding. Fiction on the other hand is a methodical process where each decision can affect the entire crew. I erroneously thought that shooting a few music videos prepped me for this, I was dead wrong. Dozens of script rewrites and numerous rehearsals later I found myself spinning on set just trying to keep the entire production from spiraling out of control. Add the fact that it was the first time I was shooting with the Canon 5D MK2 which in itself was a huge challenge and the ending result was an edit that didn’t match up to the vision I had in my head. However instead of burying it I thought it was important to finish what I started, learn from my mistakes, and do it again. So for better or for worse I cut the piece in half and decided to go forward and publish it.
This episode stars Nate “Igor” Smith of Driven By Boredom fame and the lovely model/actress Carolina Ramirez. The title of the series is The Scene (I love creative titles). It is about the downtown scene which I documented weekly for about 4 years. As jaded as it made me I am also fascinated by the colorful and talented people who inhabit this world. I hope that this series gives you a more entertaining look into that world. Technically this episode may not live up to my original vision but it is still an important part of what will hopefully be a very interesting series.