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Reelabilities Film Festival: New York- Maria & Pete Short Film

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Oren Sauerhaft

Maria & Pete: Winners of "Film Your Story" Competition in Partnership with AdaptLabs Productions, yoocan & Reelabilities Film Festival: New York

My most recent work is on a short film called Maria & Pete. I didn't expect to improve my skills as a storyteller.  However, since I started working on this short film, I have learned how to do a better job with storyboarding and and telling a strong enough story. The editor Andrew Johnson coordinated on shooting with me by writing down the type of shots I was shooting 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 hand cycle race with the subjects Maria and Pete, New Jersey featuring a speech by the subject Maria at her Greek Orthodox church. As well her sister's dinner interviewing her brother Bobby, her 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 at all good work. Our film will be shown at 2018's ReelAbilities film Festival on March 10th at the JCC in Harlem with other shorts. I will continue in my growth a member of the production team as well as the cinematographer.

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