7 I What is your favorite part of the job, and what is the hardest?
Filmmaking is really hard, especially if you compare it to making music, and I don’t want to say that making music is so easy. But, if you look around, I’ve got a computer and a piano there, and I could make a whole track all by myself. Filmmaking inherently requires a team, a number of people to produce good work. When I started, I could pick up a camera and just film things by myself, but it would always be one type of work. When you want to grow, and things become a little more technical, you have to include more people in the process. And that’s the part that I’ve come to enjoy a lot about filmmaking; meeting new people, being part of a community. There’s a very good culture of filmmakers in NY, rubbing shoulders and sharing ideas.
The most meaningful thing that I’ve done, even for myself, is this music video based on a true story that I shot out in Lone Pine. There were cowboys; one of them was blind and another was taking care of his wife. The relationship’s dynamic between them was similar to the story of my grandfather and grandmother, and I was kind of able to experience my grandparents through them. That was like a wake up call, in a very therapeutic and psychological sense. That’s another thing I really like.
Some of the challenges, on the commercial and music videos that I do, come from dealing with the political dynamics of working with agencies and clients. That’s a part of the game I’m trying to figure out how to do better.