Coolest Shoot By Far - So Far

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Amazing experience shooting a scene for Cinemax's The Knick last week with director Steve Soderbergh. I've been a fan of his ever since Sex, Lies and Videotape. His work is so amazingly varied - everything from artsy-fartsy to popcorn movies - that I was really curious to get an up-close look at this process.

Biggest shock - he's his own Director of Photography AND his own camera operator! It was amazing - he took a look at our set, we talked about the scene (not huge drama, but a fairly signigicant moment.) Then he just picked up the camera and started shooting. Reminded me of a kid shooting his own homemade videos in his parent's basement using his dad's VHS camera... but with a few million dollars to spend on sets, period costumes, union crew and actors - oh, and catering and craft services!

My scene partner was André Holland, whom I recognized from last Spring's 42 -the Jackie robinson movie. He's a regular on the series and on the ride home he filled me in on some details from the rest of the first season of The Knick. Might have to finally subscribe to Cinemax!


© Craig Waletzko 2016