This project was brought to me by Dan McDonald, a fellow student and friend at Dodge College, Chapman University. He was given the project by Director Randal Kleiser (Grease). Randal was the filmmaker in Residence at Chapman University this last semester. I was asked to be the cinematographer for the two interviews along with Alex Griffin. We interviewed fellow students and friends Ezra Lunel and Jean Barker.
We both had a lot of fun with the lighting for the shoot because we were in the cinematography studio at Dodge College, which gave us freedom on where and what lights to use.
We decided to have to studio lights dimmed very low in the background of the shot. This gave it a studio looking feel to the piece.
Filmmaker in Residence:
Throughout the year, distinguished Hollywood film and television dignitaries are invited to hold the prestigious filmmaker-in-residence chairs. This unique program brings veterans from the industry to campus every semester for interaction with Dodge College students.
During their residency, the filmmakers come to campus one day a week to mentor 10 selected students, five undergraduates and five graduates, through their final projects. Each week, the Filmmaker-in-Residence meets individually during the afternoon with five of the students, reviewing their scripts, production plans, dailies or whatever material they have to share at any given point in time.
In the evening, s/he screens one of his/her films or, for the sake of variety, that of an invited guest. During the screening, the Filmmaker-in-Residence has dinner with another small group of invited students, so that each week a different group of students has the opportunity to meet and talk with him. Following dinner, the Filmmaker-in-Residence hosts a question and answer session about the film that has just been screened with those in attendance (students and members of the campus community).
Director Randal Kleiser
(Grease, The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers, Grandview U.S.A., Flight of the Navigator)
Culled from over 200 hours of footage from Academy Award nominee Nina Foch’s legendary class, this two-set DVD is the perfect resource for student of performance arts and filmmaking, as well as professionals. For more information please visit http://www.ninafochproject.com