October 29, 2010 2

“Turn the room around!”

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Klye Gallner on the phone

Klye Gallner on the phone

In August I spent 2 weeks in Memphis on the set of the independent feature “Losers Take All”, an 80’s Rock and Roll comedy about a DIY punk band looking to make some noise. How I ended up there is kind of a long story but in a nutshell, I was invited by the producer Mike Ryan to come hang out and “learn how its done”. I arrived on day 3 of a 20 day schedule and was welcomed with open arms by the producers Andrew Pope and Winn Coslick, the director Alex Steyermark, the cast (who I fell in love with) and the crew. And of course Mike Ryan. He is a veteran indie film producer with endless knowledge of the process and a heart of gold, never tiring from giving in-depth explanations to any questions I could come up with. My head was like a giant sponge, absorbing as much info as I possibly could take in. The Filmmaking process is similar to still photography in many ways, most notably in the composition of the frame, but the differences are vast, the storytelling techniques so much more intricate, the language of acting so foreign, in the end its hard to compare the two, like apples and oranges. Photography is like checkers and filmmaking is like chess, exponentially more complicated. Anyway, my time in Memphis was priceless, I was involved in all aspects of the production, bouncing from the camera dept and the grip and electric, to the art department and to the wardrobe, to hanging with the actors, to sitting in on producer meetings, and most importantly watching the director Alex make a thousand decisions a minute. Even though it was 100 degrees in the shade and we were all melting, Everyone was so awesome. Being on the set made me realize what a lonely job photography is. You get an assignment, you work with someone for an hour, maybe if you are lucky you get to spend a day getting to know them then you never see them again. On the LOSERS set, the work was grueling (I ended up shooting a lot of the on set unit coverage), the hours were long and you really had time to get to know people. It was heartbreaking to leave. I cant wait for the premiere!

Director extraordinaire Alex Steyermark

Director extraordinaire Alex Steyermark

110 degrees

110 degrees

Actor and Lunch Buddy Billy Kay

Actor and Lunch Buddy Billy Kay

Winn and Andrew and Mike!

Winn and Andrew and Mike!

Adam Herschman Flanked by two REDs

Adam Herschman Flanked by two REDs

The Fingers

The Fingers

2 Responses to ““Turn the room around!””

  1. BT says:

    Very interesting to see these shots sfter working as an extra on this movie. I made a lot of friends during the climactic club shoot and some of us were wondering if those stills were going to be posted. It’d be most cool to see them!

  2. […] Lost in Development Hell! Anyway, here is my original blog post from October 2010. It was titled TURN THE ROOM AROUND I’ve learned quite a bit since those early days. Klye Gallner on the […]

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