“Grind Verite”

“Grind 24 hours a days, seven days a week. Some days I don’t eat or sleep, only grind.” Richard Hoak

“Cinema Verite”  a style of documentary filmmaking, combining naturalistic techniques with stylized cinematic devices of editing and camerawork, staged set-ups, and the use of the camera to provoke subjects. It is also known for taking a provocative stance toward its topics. In French the term means, roughly, “truthful cinema”. wikipedia.com

I guess this is really pretentious, having some term or whatever for the kind of work you do, but since the beginning we’ve been all about doing things our own way – making movies how we want to make them.  I think the way you make a movie is just as important as what the movie is about…and the way we make movies is to grind, and keep it real.

Here’s a list of suggestions that we try to follow whenever possible:

  • No assistants
  • No tripods
  • No video assist or playback
  • Crew only on set
  • Whenever possible, crew members must hold multiple positions
  • no one but the director talks to the actors
  • the director must edit the film
  • the d.o.p must operate too
  • no one, ever, at any time, is to say anything about continuity
  • no late night shoots when subject matter permits
  • technical error is not an option
  • you must have fun
  • you have to satisfy your own artistic needs
  • be selfish

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