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How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Tight Scheduling and Getting Permits for ‘Echo Park’

How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Tight Scheduling and Getting Permits for 'Echo Park'

Echo Park” is Amanda Marsalis’ first feature film. She collaborated with cinematographer Jason McCormick, who was first AD to Harris Savides on films such as “The Bling Ring,” “Restless,” “Somewhere,” “Greenberg” and “Zodiac.”

[Editor’s Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films
playing at the 20th LA Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how
they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers.
We’ll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go
HERE for the master list.]

What camera and lens did you use? Jason says: We used a Red Epic and an old set of spherical lenses from Panavision I really love.

What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off?
I would just say always get a permit if at all possible.

Jason says: The shoot wasn’t really ever difficult in terms of technical challenges. Just logistically working through such a tight schedule with limited resources was really the biggest task. We stuck together as a team and pushed through.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you BEFORE you started your movie?
I got a lot of great advice. Some of it I was not able to take due to time and budget. Hopefully I can use it on the next film.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?
Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse.

What advice do you have for aspiring or first-time filmmakers?
Make a film with people you trust and believe in your vision.

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