Did you have a problem with operating the camera and being able to direct? I feel like something has to get compromised if you are watching framing, performance, and focus on top of moving the camera. Did you have to shoot more takes than normal to compensate?
This is actually very encouraging, although I do think it is playing with fire by not getting the songs cleared before shooting. If they are an integral part of the film it only makes sense to preclear. Imagine Edgar Wright's "Don't Stop Me Now" sequence in Shawn of the Dead. The way it was shot was almost as a music video to the song.
This is a great interview. I wish there were more like this where filmmakers are open and honest about their mistakes and shortcomings. Guy is definitely talented
I really want to know who the director was who wouldn't let her finish a take. I can't imagine doing that at a professional level .
That last long shot he talks about... the intended purpose is to play a suspenseful game with the audience. Driver is cut badly, blood everywhere, not moving, sitting with a car door open (normally a door would be closed). We spend a minute and a half asking the question... is he alive? And he finally blinks and drives off.
My problem with watching this is that I have no idea what is going on in most of the scenes. It works for RFAD because the visuals tell a complete short story which is usually the same thing every time: doing drugs, getting high. It was clear and precise with most of the scenes after dealing with the fallout. Here it's almost like a trailer company just went a bit edit crazy.