Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On the Set: Green Fair Doc

Above: Filmmaker Justin Nathanson

This past Sunday I had a crew gig working for local filmmaker Justin Nathanson on his upcoming documentary about the first annual Charleston Green Fair. Held at Marion Square, the outdoor festival was created to embrace and expand an environmentally conscious Charleston. From sustainable food to alternative energy, the Green Fair provided a detailed survey of what the local "green" community has to offer. The event was put together by Suzie Webster and her husband Drew Franyo, owners of the local startup company Evergreen Concepts. Nathanson and his newly incorporated Cut Company followed the green duo as their dreams materialized into a highly successful event.

The call time for this shoot was a brutal 7am but I picked up a delicious breakfast from McDonalds to get the day started right. This was a HD shoot, and video was shot to disk rather than tape. My job included dumping footage from cameras onto hard-drives and taking production stills among other things. We wrapped at 7pm and besides an impressive farmer's tan, all I've got to show for a long day's work (until I get paid) are the pictures I took below:

Vendors setting up early Sunday morning.

Justin and the cool sound guy.

Probably the best picture I've ever taken.

The crowd starts turning out.

Justin filming Mayor Joe Riley...

Who interrupted a crazy ukalaylee band...

And the tap dancer who accompanied them.

Suzie Webster of Evergreen Concepts...

Her husband Drew Franyo...

And their oldest daugher in the middle.

A Taco Boy showing off his sauce bottle skills.

Fake rock wall = fun for kids.

A priceless face.

Another priceless face...

And a sad looking dog to top it all off.
*The guy in the top left
was my roommate freshman year.

A fun crew and good weather contributed to this being a successful shoot. Its always a pleasure to work for Justin, who is one of the funniest people I know. Getting a crash-course in the world of Suzie and Drew was definitely a worthwhile experience. My favorite part of this kind of doc is being briefly but thoroughly immersed in someone else's life as a bystander watching closely from the sidelines. It always leaves me with an accurate impression of character, and in this case it was a good one. Plus, Suzie and Drew preach green as a practicality and I completely agree.

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