Reelabilities 2018 "Film Your Story" Winners: Maria & Pete
Over the past year, I have grown as a cinematographer while working on a short film called Maria & Pete. As the cinematographer, I learned to hone more of my skills. However, I didn't expect to improve my skills as a storyteller. Since I started working on the short film I learned how to do a better job in telling a strong enough story. l also learned how to work as a better team member with my production team.
The editor, Andrew Johnson, coordinated on shooting with me by writing down the type of shots and what was happening in those shots. I also learned how to help the editor with the edits by helping him decide what footage and interviews to use to tell a strong and influential story. We shot on location starting in Hartford, Connecticut featuring a handcycle race with the subjects, Maria & Pete in New Jersey. We also featured a speech given by the subject (Maria) at her Greek Orthodox Church. We also shot her sister's dinner where she interviewed her brother (Bobby), sister (Zoey), and Pete's mom (Irene) with our production assistant (Bren Bater) and our writer (Leigh Silver) who transcribed the interviews. We also had a stand out for Maria & Pete for all their good work.
Our film was shown at the 2018 Reelabilities Film Festival at the JCC in Harlem on March 10th, 2018 with other shorts. I will continue in my growth as a member of the production team as well as the cinematographer.