An Approach To Cinematography That Is The Opposite Of Most Directors by Ben Medina

Film Courage: What did you shoot on?

Ben Medina, ECCO Movie Writer/Director: We shot on an Arri Alexa and it’s a great camera. I love it, love it.

Film Courage: Were the lenses part of the package?

Ben: We have a great relationship with Koerner Camera in Seattle and I’ve worked with them on commercials before I moved to Los Angeles. We had a great rapport. So as a producer when I was going to be shooting up there I knew we were going to rent from them.

ECCO Movie writer/director Ben Medina on set

We told them what our budget was which was more than they thought it was going to be because they’re used to supporting independent film. They are used to people coming in and asking for things for free (which is ridiculous). And then they are used to people negotiating rates or asking for a weekly rate which is on the verge of insulting.

When we came in we were very serious and we said this is our budget, this is what we’re going to do, this is how long we’re going to do it for…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






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SAWGRASS on Youtube by Jack Peterson. Jack is an American filmmaker based in Chicago. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and ABC News for his work as an activist. His first feature film, Sawgrass, is a psychedelic journey through Florida, featuring an extensive interview with the brother of the Las Vegas shooter. Sawgrass also features a performance by the Rock-afire Explosion, a vintage animatronic band created by famed inventor Aaron Fechter. Jack’s next feature film, My Perfect Everything, tells the story of a magician chasing an imaginary woman he met in 1989. My Perfect Everything is currently in the early stages of pre-production.