In December I jumped into my car and drove across the country to start preproduction for my second year MFA film at UCLA. The film is called Sweet, Sweet Country.
I’d hope to meet people who had an interest in the story, people who would help me find crew, possibly connect with people on locations and equipment and once again get my bearings in my hometown. It was so much more than I had hoped. There was an amazingly intense schedule of meetings, new collaborations established, all peppered with a few meals over drinks with old friends.
Atlanta treated me well and I’m loving it so hard right now. We start shooting in mid March. Preproduction is in full swing. I’m hopping into my car in five hours to start my drive back to LA and an nonstop schedule. While I’m shooting my own film here in March, I’m also Director of Photography on an Advanced film for another directing student, which is also shooting in Atlanta.
When I started film school one of the things I looked forward to the most, was coming home and collaborating with the people I’ve known for so long and respected as artists and as individuals. I’m happy to have Atlanta play a major role in learning my craft.
Thank you to my friends, old and new, who are collaborating with me on Sweet, Sweet Country. Oh, Atlanta.