Film

Seattle Theater Group Promo

This video is for The Neptune Theater in Seattle. Produced by Block My Eye Films. It was a really fun couple of days in an amazingly wonderful remodeled theater. Thanks to Ryan Adams for the opportunity too.

Neptune ‘The Club’ Promo/Lobby Loop from Ian Lucero on Vimeo.

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Minaret

Here is a film I shot for Filmmaker Matt Cibelli way back when. It’s good to see that’s online. I don’t know how I missed it.

We shot on Super16 with Fuji 64D and 500T. We transferred to HDCam and even had a 35mm Film-Out made.

One little ‘war story’ in making of this film is the scene on Cannon Beach. During our scouting we were really afraid that the character of Min wouldn’t be able to push the old man in his wheelchair on the sand. We tried numerous times to push each other and every time the chair would sink in to the sand. Well, when it all worked out no one saw it coming and it all just happened and fell in to place.

Hope you enjoy the film.

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Kicks For Cranes

This was a really fun experimental documentary.

I have always loved making films that border between documentary and fiction. In the 90’s and early 2000’s my films would have fallen squarely in what literary types called Creative Nonfiction. So, when I was approached by Matt Cibelli to help him with Kick’s For Cranes the concept immediately struck a cord.

The film turned out to be a real gem. Kicks For Cranes even got a write up in New York Magazine.

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Where do we go from here?

I have the wonderful opportunity to shoot a feature toward the end of Summer 2012. The movie has a decent budget and the director is really excited to shoot film. Whenever I find a director that is just as enthusiastic about film as me the fire in my belly burns just a bit warmer.

The issue now is that all of my local resources seem to have dried up.

The ability to have a start to finish local workflow may soon be a thing of the past.

Stay tuned and join me in the new post-film world.

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Not unlike building a house.

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As a cinematographer it can be difficult to get ready for a shoot. I read the script then re-read it. Make notes and go over those with the director. Everything has to go from a grey fog to a very solid vision in a matter of days, weeks and months. The metamorphosis of words to pictures can be difficult. What appears in my head may not ever exist in the real world or may be beyond the reach and means of the budget.

Which brings forth this analogy.

Making a film is not unlike building a house.

You can think of the Writer/Director as the architect. The Director of Photography as the general contractor. The Director will sit with the client to determine their desires. Is the house red? Should the living room face south? Bedrooms north? Once all those elements are worked out the DP comes in and start to work.

As a DP it is my job to get the crew to take those ideas and put foot to ground and make it happen. Do we need a 10k to make that scene? Should some light spill across that bed? What will happen if that medium shot falls flat?

The Director and Director of Photography working together making compromises where needed and not sacrificing others to build the best film possible.

As in building a house the difficult part is breaking ground. Once that has happened things just kind of happen and everyone moves to complete it. When you wrap a film and see the end credits for the first time it is like handing over the keys. And, when you think back about it you know all the little secrets that are behind that front door.

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