You’re only as good at the people you surround yourself with. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. It’s not 100% true. If it were you’d never go to the DMV but it is something I try to remember when looking for folks to work with. I love directing but making a movie isn’t a one man job. You need the best crew you can get. Even if you have no budget.
You have to surround yourselves with folks who’ll come through.
It’s an essential part of Directing or Producing. Elia Kazan said 90% of directing is casting, well that goes for the crew. I was lucky with the most recent project my brother, my wife and I took on which was “The Last Intervention“. The Director of Photography of this movie, Daniel Salazar III, had been a friend of mine since he was 13 when his parents told me he was running around the streets of Hartford in the AM just “shooting stuff”. When it came time to collaborate it was a no brainer who would handle those duties, even though the opportunity came decades later. I was blessed to have this cat around.
CUT TO: Post Production on the movie and messing around with music and songs for placement. I asked friends high and low for music. Some helped me create new music and some allowed me to use their older material. There’s always a list of music that I want to use for a particular project but somehow doesn’t work in the final phase. One of the pieces I was dying to use was haunting song by Zoe Chatfield.
Now, let’s put it together. Zoe’s performing in an internet music series called “Urban Busk” created by Daniel Salazar III and Kenell Turner (a man of many hats on “The Last Intervention” – a great person to be surrounded by, just don’t ask for any restaurant recommendations). Urban Busk has been a great window on the amazing talent in New England. It doesn’t hurt that it looks and sounds great. These guys describe the series like this:
…what is Urban Busk you ask? Well the answer is quite simple, we are hard at work at bringing you musicians, live, raw, uncut, performing on the streets, rooftops, warehouses, pools, junkyards, and wherever we find crazy locations, then we take them out at a local bar for some drinks and discuss, life, music, sex, drugs, and rock & roll!
At http://www.youtube.com/user/URBANBUSK you can get more info and watch many more performances shot in and around the Hartford, CT area. But now back to Zoe. Her step father is the aforementioned Mr. Salazar, her mother is Nina Salazar, a remarkable artist in her own right who also worked on our movie providing much needed help in the set design and wardrobe departments.
I went to Hartford High School with Nina and Zoe’s father, Jonathan Chatfield (a Piano playing Maestro). These are the souls Zoe is surrounded by. It’s no surprise to me to hear and witness that magic Zoe projects in her performance. She composed the song she sings above by herself (performed with some help from Joshua Aciares). This immensely talented being (she’s only 14 here) only has the world before and the world (me included) can’t wait to experience more of her voice and her music.
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