I just spent the last week in Park City, where a film I shot, "Silver Tongues", from writer/director Simon Arthur, was playing at the Slamdance Film Festival. I'm proud to say that last night the film won the festival's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. I was happy to be able to be at the film's premiere on Sunday, and experience it with an audience for the first time. Most of my job as a DP (and most of the writing on this blog, for that matter) is focused on the smallest details of cinematography and filmmaking. I can spend months working on a film, concentrating on the minutiae, but it's only once the film is finally finished that I get to take a step back and actually look at the finished product, to watch it, with an audience, no longer as a project but as a movie. It's the most rewarding part of the filmmaking process, and why most of us who do this for a living got started in the first place. I spent some time debating whether the trek to Park City was worth the time and expense, but in the end, I'm so glad I ended up deciding to go. The premiere screening was fantastic, the audience loved the film, and ultimately, if I couldn't enjoy that, I would have to seriously wonder why I chose this as a career.
Hopefully, you will be able to see "Silver Tongues" soon, but in the meantime, check out this trailer for a glimpse of what you have to look forward to.