Film Courage: What is it like as a director trying to make your day? By the hour, minute.
Jay Silverman, photographer and director of OFF THE MENU: Number one, I’m the executive producer of this movie, I’m also the director and I think it’s so critical that boundaries are set right away and in the case of Will Newman (my producer) he personally was responsible in advance for scheduling may day in addition to my DP. And Matt Edwards who is the DP of the movie is really the most important person on the set.
And I mentioned earlier the screenwriter had a beautiful third act where hot air balloons where being chased by a truck and actors were hanging out of the truck and hanging out of the balloon and there is just no way we could have done that in even an economical way versus the way we ended up doing in which was less than half of a day on the Rio Grande. That was our creative solution that the screenwriter agreed to. If she didn’t agree to it we would have come up with something else. And as a producer and a director it was my goal to make the goal everyday and I think we made the day everyday. But one day the reason we didn’t make it that day was something unexpected happens.
I mean one of the real tragedies of doing independent filmmaking is the things you can’t control. So my movie takes place predominantly in Taos, New Mexico and in LA. And I made a significantly smart decision to build a kitchen here on my stage and we could flick the switch each day and modify the lighting and never have to worry about the sun going behind the building next door and never having to worry about going into overtime and no light at all. It gave us the ability to do two times more work than we would have New Mexico in a real kitchen.
And most importantly creatively I was able to work with a set designer I was able to create something that I felt was the most magical parts of the movie was her domain, the restaurant, her dining room. And all that was made on the stage.
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About OFF THE MENU (description from OffTheMenuMovie.com):
Romantic Comedy An unlikely heir to a Mexican fast-food empire goes ‘cuisine’ hunting for the next culinary big thing, and finds himself in a small, dusty New Mexican town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the culinary treats of a local, authentic, and feisty female chef.
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