Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Late Quartet

Last Year I had the honor of contributing some production work to the film A Late Quartet,  which is now out in theaters. The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Cathrine Keener, and many other very talented people, It's directed by Yaron Zilberman, and was shot by the great Fred Elmes (the legendary art house photographer who shot Blue Velvet, Earaserhead, Night on Earth, Broken Flowers, etc...) The story follows a world famous string quartet the Whose leader played by Walken is diagnosed with Parkinson's. This revelation causes the quartet, which is structured as a family unit, to collapses in on itself and struggles to redefine their identity in the face of tragedy. Needless to say it was an exciting project regardless of how minute my contribution and I had the good fortune of sitting in on a test shoot and watching Yaron and Fed in action (no celebrities present). back when I was working on these storyboards the cast was not yet what it would be (starred Ethan Hawke at the time) So the characters in the drawings above are not representative of the final cast, for instance the man at the bar would become Hoffman, the couple in the car was Hoffman and Keener, and the elder man toasting would later be cast as Walken. But in the final cut of the movies, these scenes above are still discernible (thought I'm certain Elmes would have done just fine without these) Still, a great honor to work around such talent, and amazingly this is Zilbermans' first non documentary feature film (his first project was the acclaimed documentary Watermarks) It was wonderful working with him.
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