One of the great things about my job is the view it often provides into worlds you’d never otherwise see. Last night was a case in point as I was hired at the last minute to help shoot a full scale first response/active shooter training. It was evident when the MAX train pulled up at midnight filled with five dozen volunteer extras in full injury make-up that this was going to a unique experience and it didn’t disappoint. I got perhaps the best gig roaming the scene handheld as the passengers evacuated the train and the police, fire and EMT teams descended upon the platform. Blanks were fired, injuries were acted out and I got to see the way our various public defenders coordinate when shit hits the fan. It served as both a reminder that we live in a chaotic, fragile world and that it feels damn good to have a camera in your hands, running around like a mad man in search of the next shot.
Since this is really the inaugural post in my live site, it might seem odd to title this post changes, but it’s pretty much been the word of my month so let me tell you why it’s appropriate. After 3.5 years working at Transport, and for a variety of reasons, I’m venturing out into the freelance world. I’m both nervous and excited for what this means both professionally and personally.
Professionally, I’ve already started doing some contract work for a local shop called Goat and Yeti and am editing a really fun documentary for a local filmmaker. I will also be working in a cooperative environment with my friends at Limbo Films to continue to develop my skills as an editor, director and producer.
Personally, I am also happy to announce that this summer I will be producing and directing a short film, written by and starring my dear friend Caitlyn Larimore, called The River Bride. I’m thrilled with the opportunity and we will have some big announcements to make about our project starting next week. I also plan to use this platform to blog about the experience as it unfolds, so be sure to check back often for an opportunity to see me spew set lingo and watch as I slowly, but dramatically mentally unravel throughout the process. Here’s a little tease of the film from some promotional photography we shot over the weekend: