Scouting, Filming “Nebraska”

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I just returned from a four month journey on the upcoming movie Nebraska.

Working with Director Alexander Payne was simply wonderful. Beyond his story-telling style, the guy was one of the kindest human beings I’ve had the pleasure to work with on any project. The early weeks of location scouting were particularly beautiful in both scenery and a genuine collaborative process.

In the coming months, I’ll follow up with set stories and more tales of the journey.


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There is a style of production, a genre if you will, that when produced correctly, can be a fantastic adventure.

Production on the road. Where a project gives you the gift of visiting new places, meeting real people, and collaborating with fellow professionals in a different environment – it all can make for some of the most memorable experiences in work – and life.

When you are paid to do such amazing things as rise before the sun just to watch it come up, to listen to human beings tell their very personal stories, to explore landscapes and historic structures in the name of better photography, to learn about an industry other than your own or a plight or cause – because you’re genuinely interested, to bond with strangers and have them become new friends for life.  All of it becomes very difficult to call what I do – a job.

Among all of these elements that are offered by this kind of opportunity, far and away my favorite thing is the simplicity of spending time with colleagues.  Yes, you have collaborated all day toward your common creative goals. The work is completed. But while you travel to the next location or have a meal together, a new level of camaraderie within the crew – can happen. And when it does – it’s all good.

Some of the greatest career production experiences of my life have occurred on the road.

Thank you crew. Thank you clients. Thank you all.

If you liked this, read Production Nirvana.


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