As an eager, early-career filmmaker, Brian served on the crew of several ill-fated independent film projects during his one-year tenure in Los Angeles. His work on one of those films ended at gunpoint in a dilapidated motel office in Las Vegas.
That story begins in LA when Brian, a recent college graduate, lands a job through a connection with the friend of a college professor in a small film studio. Like many LA-based film studios, this one aspires to more than the straight-to-cable-TV filler it’s been churning out for 10 years from a small bungalow office in a suburban Hollywood neighborhood. Brian joins the team as a location manager on an international production, a production produced by an Executive Producer of Trainspotting.
For two weeks, the film is in pre-production and Brian’s on the street securing filming locations. Then production begins. It’s smooth sailing on location for a week, and Brian joins the production team as Second Assistant Director—he prints the working scripts and provides off-set communications and coordination to the Assistant Producer. LA wraps with a sunset shoot on a heli-pad in the Hollywood Hills. The cast and crew depart to Las Vegas for 10 more days of production where Brian’s studio mentor explains “location scouting will be done on-the-fly.”
A few days in the casinos and streets of Vegas go by fast. 22-hour work days are the norm now, as the Executive Producers are “running out of money fast.” Brian forgets what short-term memory feels like. The Scottish writer-director is clinging to his cinematic vision… To Be Continued.
At EdLab, Brian contributes to a range of projects to create and enhance learning opportunities at EdLab, the Gottesman Libraries, and Teachers College. Recent work includes collaborations as diverse as co-producing Seen in New York, a video series highlighting unique and innovative learning opportunities in New York City, and leading the development of Pressible, an innovative Wordpress-based blogging network. You can find him on Pressible and Twitter. And, just for fun, here's his TC dissertation.