July 23, 2012 3

WEEKEND AWAY

By michael lavine in

The creative process is mysterious and ethereal, and sometimes you just have to go with your gut and change it up and bit. Over the last few years I’ve become more and more obsessed with the filmmaking process, working on lots of little video profiles and short films. Sometimes I think that I might be neglecting my photography but on the other hand I feel strongly about challenging myself and taking creative risks. The two mediums have many similarities but the differences are much greater than most photographers realize. Making narrative fiction is a whole different ballgame. Storytelling language, film grammar and especially the emotional aspects of dealing with actors have nothing to do with photography. To use a different analogy, if photography is like checkers then filmmaking is like chess. It’s exponentially more complicated. I’ve been studying hard, soaking it all up like a sponge and enjoying myself immensely, and in the process I feel like I’ve grown as a photographer.

Right now I am deep in the throes of production on a short film called Weekend Away. I adapted a short story of the same name that was written by Justin Taylor, a promising young writer from Brooklyn. Adapting fiction to a screenplay has it’s own set of pitfalls and believe me, it was no walk in the park. I ended up locking myself in a hotel room for a whole weekend just to get a rough draft. It’s a dramatic piece about a woman who is coping with a breakup and decides to go away for the weekend. Along the way she picks up a stranger and ends up having a one-night stand along with a series of other adventures. It’s a story about escapism and questions the idea of commitment vs. freedom. I have 3 producers helping me, a cast of 5 and a crew of 15. My lead actress is indie darling Sophia Takal who I am very excited to be able to work with. I’ve been scouting for days (notice the scouting stills) and having meeting after meeting after meeting. This week we have rehearsals and hopefully all the final production will fall into place. I feel like Neo from the Matrix, dodging bullets left and right. We are locked to shoot on the 31st thru the 3rd of Aug. Wish me luck.

3 Responses to “WEEKEND AWAY”

  1. I know *exactly* what you mean.

    Good luck my friend.

    G

  2. Chris says:

    Looks like you have great locations, excited to hear more about this.

  3. Ralph NELSON says:

    With some experience in both fields ~ film and still photography – I have known filmmakers who would be confused by flat round pieces in checkers (do we really have to use two colors?) and photographers with a firm grasp on the theoretical novelty of opening chess moves.
    The comparison should not be between the two arts, but between the artists.

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