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How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Long Handheld Takes Weren't An Easy Feat When Shooting 'Uncertain Terms'

Indiewire By Oliver MacMahon | Indiewire June 17, 2014 at 10:35AM

Writer and director Nathan Silver is known for “The Blind” (2008), “Exit Elena” (2012) and “Soft In The Head” (2013). At this year's Los Angeles Film Festival he will premiere his new film “Uncertain Terms.”
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Writer and director Nathan Silver is known for “The Blind” (2008), “Exit Elena” (2012) and “Soft In The Head” (2013). At this year's Los Angeles Film Festival he will premiere his new film “Uncertain Terms.”

[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 was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off?
The DP, Cody Stokes, and camera crew sweated their way through long handheld takes. They're the ones who pulled off the shots, and seeing as the average for most takes was ten minutes, I don't know that there were any easy shots, per se.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you BEFORE you started your movie?
Don't cast your mother in one of the leading roles, have her host your cast and crew, and expect her to be happy.

What's the worst piece of advice you ever got?
To up the production value by using a jib.

What's the best?
Make another movie immediately.

What advice do you have for aspiring or first-time filmmakers?
Build a babel of movies.

This article is related to: Uncertain Terms, Nathan Silver, Exit Elena, Soft in the Head, Los Angeles Film Festival, Filmmaker Toolkit: Festivals, Filmmaker Toolkit: Production, Filmmaker Toolkit: Tech, How I Shot This: LA Film Festival