Shot and Edited by Moe Hammoud
I was invited by director Jennifer Carreno, to capture the behind the scenes inner workings of principal photography for Leaving Darkness, a truthful, gritty and disturbing drama about meth addiction and the toll it takes.
This was the first time I had ever been asked to record behind the scenes footage. I didn't know what to capture. But it didn't take long to understand exactly what I needed to get!
"This was the first time I had ever been asked to record behind the scenes footage. I didn't know what to capture. But it didn't take long to understand exactly what I needed to get!"
Within minutes of snapping photos, the magic of what was happening before the cameras are rolling is apparent.
Jennifer directing actors as they sit and stand preparing to perform their deep and developed characters, D.O.P setting up their camera and adjusting lights, makeup artist ensuring authenticity of blemishes on their actors, all working in a beautiful harmony before the cameras start rolling. That is what I found myself capturing. It was an amazing experience that gave me the joy of recording the great scenes others worked so hard for without the task of preparing it all, hehe.
Working behind the scenes and putting in extra effort to ensure the the fourth wall breach was being capturing was such a challenging and fun job to have. It gave me the opportunity to try and tell a story about the story the cast and crew were trying to capture. Very meta and an element that isn't lost on me.
A great vantage point I had showed me the actors remarkable ability have to stay in character while listening to the director, clinging onto their tragic circumstance within the story and ensuring their performance is viewable to the camera. And after all was said and done and the director yelled cut, the performers dropped their characters and packed up before chatting with me and make me feel more than welcome.
It was one such a joyful experience to be a part of.
Thank You to Jennifer Carreno and Filip Kolarov for sharing the experience with me.