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Secondborn

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Drunken Beginnings

I attended a film festival where a short film I had shot was being screened. Following the festival was an after party where a keg of green dyed (Saint Patrick Themed) IPA was promised. Once I finished my rounds of mingling and keg stands, I found myself talking to some fresh faces in the kitchen. One of those faces was writer/director/editor Evan Galeano. It was the first time I made the connection to him being behind some of the really solid credits I had seen on the big screen. He was giving me nothing but props for my work and began to fill me in on the next big project he was going to write and direct. Long story short, he offered me the opportunity to be cinematographer for it. And that's where Secondborn began for me.

The moment Evan and I agreed to tag team the project

 

Script Finalization and Look Books

The following months that succeeded Evan and I's original meeting were filled with messages back and forth about script revisions and look book ideas. I've been pretty dang lucky to work with writers/directors that are open to my ideas for simplifying the script while maintaining the original themes of the story. Writers typically bring a very spectacular perspective when creating the script. I think this limitless creativity is a really positive thing when the story is still being fleshed out. However, at some point its essential to take into account factors of producibility (especially in the indie film world). Don't get me wrong, I'd love to rent an entire street in New York city for a boss-ass fight scene with artificial rain and synchronized exploding cop cars...But, until Marvel and Disney hook me up with a $300 million dollar budget, I'm going to have to stick to my logistical thought processes. With that said, I think it's really important to entertain thoughts that seem crazy or unreachable. These ridiculous ideas are what bring us to the next level!

Notes and ideas after my first read

Notes and ideas after my first read

 

Prep + Shooting a Drowning Scene

Within the script, there was a scene which included a character forcefully drowning another. This idea of this kept me up at night story boarding and just trying to be as prepared as possible. In a perfect world, we would have held a rehearsal in advance to properly choreograph the stunt in its entirety. But the world is not perfect. People's schedules don't line up, sunlight races against you, and situations change. Below are some of the story boards I had created in preparation to come in completely cold for a drowning scene.

I vividly remember this moment. While everyone was breaking for lunch, I slipped out to mentally prep myself for the drowning scene. I couldn't stop staring at the lake while thoughts of doubt and butterflies continued to run rampant. Since Evan didn't have a means of monitoring while I was chest deep in the water, he had trusted me to run the entire coverage of the scene on my own. The stress was super heavy, but I respected him a lot for giving that kind of responsibility away.

I vividly remember this moment. While everyone was breaking for lunch, I slipped out to mentally prep myself for the drowning scene. I couldn't stop staring at the lake while thoughts of doubt and butterflies continued to run rampant. Since Evan didn't have a means of monitoring while I was chest deep in the water, he had trusted me to run the entire coverage of the scene on my own. The stress was super heavy, but I respected him a lot for giving that kind of responsibility away.

 

Alexa Mini w/ Cooke Mini S4i's

I was very excited about shooting on the Alexa. Everything about the camera is gorgeous. The usability within the menu systems is streamlined and completely intuitive. I could go on for days about technical aspects such as the stops and stops of dynamic range or the complexities behind Arri's color science. But simply put, the image that comes from this camera just makes you feel good. For inquiries about renting this camera package, hit up Logan Fulton in LA. He's a G. www.loganfultondp.com

(Above) Alexa freshly built and ready to grind. (Below) Some of my favorite screen grabs. Shot and colored by yours truly.

(Above) Alexa freshly built and ready to grind. (Below) Some of my favorite screen grabs. Shot and colored by yours truly.

 

Behind the Scenes

All BTS photos were shot and edited by the talented Natalie Biendara. Give her a follow on insta @Natbiendara.

Lucas Williams