Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Places You'll Go

When we were shooting the making of The Collector documentary a couple of weeks ago Jim and I were chatting with Pete Biaggi the cinematographer. Pete casually commented that one of the best things about this business is that you never know what you are going to do next and where you are going to be. (Pete is perhaps best known as being the cinematographer on the first Project Greenlight film for HBO but has done lots of other work including Robert Altman's last two films.)

As filmmakers we have been given the opportunity to go places and see things from a perspective that would be impossible if not for this job. In the last couple of years we have climbed 300 feet in the air and shot on the gold-plated dome of the capitol of Nebraska. We commandeered Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, and had run of the place. We witnessed the re-building of TWA Flight 800, which exploded off of Long Island in 1996, and were one of perhaps 50 people permitted in wreckage. (Not all of these experiences are "fun." You could really feel the presence of the lives that were lost in the accident.)

My point is that besides the title of a Dr. Seuss book and the theme for so many bad commencement speeches, the places you'll go is a very apt description of what one can expect if they throw themselves whole heartedly into this business. You cannot be timid or you will go nowhere. You must dive in and see where the experience takes you.



KL said...

I couldn't agree more... You never know what to expect, and that's both the risk and the beauty of it.

P.S. As a native Nebraska, I totally know the gold-domed Capitol building. I think it's called the "Golden Sower."

PeterH said...

I have been right there with the sower ( a giant sculpture). Hollywood is a long way from Lincoln, NE.

Thanks for reading.