One of the things that I love about movie making is the collaborative effort. I enjoy bringing together people skilled in their own areas, whether it be costume, make-up, lighting and so on, and using those collective talents to do something wonderful.
Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons, most of the Sonlight Pictures projects thus far have had minimal crew. That’s why I was so excited to sit and meet with Curtis Graham, an AFI trained, award-winning cinematographer who runs his own studio locally. I saw his work at a local screening of the Christian short film called Gettin’ Out, produced by the pastor of the Countryside Christian Center. My daughter and I attended the premiere and were impressed by Graham’s work.
I dropped an email to Curtis and asked if we could meet for lunch. He’s a very nice man and we had a good chat over burgers and salad. I had been praying for the Lord to provide a talented Director of Photography. Neither Curtis nor I know if it is in the Lord’s plan to work together, but we did agree a lot on approach, so who knows.
Curtis will be working on his own film project this year and we offered our assistance when shooting begins. So, we’ll see what happens, but it is inspiring and hopeful to meet fellow talented Christian filmmakers in the area. The more the merrier!