Lion is fantastic. Beautifully shot. Extremely real.
Happy to share. I could write a book. We've been in the trenches many times. He's a great guy who thinks clearly under pressure (key). I think he got his start gaffing on Herb Ritts jobs. I initially used him because he could do Peggy Sirota for me ;)...lotsa handheld real moments, fast. Take care!
Have shot with Kris many times. He's unique among DP's because he comes in with a great attitude, positive energy, lotta ideas. He's fast and we get tons of coverage (usually handheld because we're doing lifestyle spots). His hidden talent is writing, so it's like having a 2nd dir on-set, if we're shooting dialogue or storytelling spots. The other thing not mentioned in this article is his crew... his gaffer, key grip, etc. have been working together for quite a while...fun group that never gripes about anything (like the time they lifted a Technocrane over the glass wall at Teranea resort's lower pool on the coast while our celeb was in makeup). It's all about making the work better and having a sense of humor along the way. I hope he fails at movie-making, so I can book him again ;)
"incredible artistry"? probably tap the brakes on that a little, I learned nothing from that video........a better title for this article would be "How hot Hollywood directors cash-in on their name while hoping nobody notices"....or...."Ad agency creatives and clients starfxxk Hollywood directors because their ideas suk" ;)
lay all your cards on the table with your crew during prep, so they know what might be thrown at them on shoot day. Work with your 1st AD, DP and Line Producer during the tech scout to develop a solid plan, but be ready (and flexible) for it to change when the big-name actor walks on the set and makes a suggestion (or wants to go home early lol).......also, don't be afraid to solicit advice from your 1st and your DP in the heat of battle. Experienced crew members have been there more than you, most likely, and can get you thru some of the pressure moments. In other words, don't take it all on your shoulders...you're a team. Many a shoot have the 1st and/or DP pulled my butt outta the fire. Other than that, remember why you got in the business....it's fun. Have fun. It took me a long time to realize that and laugh a little. I try to set a fun atmosphere. Collaborative. Honestly, things don't move any faster when you yell and everybody's just more on edge. It's a fail. Good luk!
Canon 70D for $999 at bhphoto.com....get a Tokina 11-16, Canon 24-105, 70-200 2.8 ll and there's not much I can't shoot in stills (sports, portraits, whatever) and run n gun video. The Dual Pixel AF works great for video. Everything's sharp. I've owned 5D2 & 3, 1DX, T3i, T5i, etc...all great cameras, but this camera is light, articulating screen, 1.6X is great for sports photography, beautiful video....just a great all-around workhorse.