I’ve never been one for documentaries. Sure, I’ve seen a few in my time, but I’ve never really been drawn to them. That notion escaped me the day that I was asked to meet Eric Walter. I got a phone call from my friend Brandon Cater saying that his friend in LA was producing a documentary and that he was looking to shoot on the RED, and that I was the go-to guy for the job. I talked to Eric for a good bit last January about his project, not knowing what to expect. He told me he was producing a documentary about the Amityville Horror. That instantly got my attention. Like I said, I’ve never shot a documentary before; I’ve been approached before but nothing really caught my interest the way Eric’s pitch did. I was instantly hooked. Eric asked me to put together some ideas and numbers and we’d talk later on once he got some things in place.
A few months went by and Eric kept in touch with me, just letting me know things were going smoothly, the usual talk that I’ve been fed by producers over the years. What made this different for me was when I actually met Eric in March. Now most indie producers (mainly for films) are all talk and no show, Eric was no talk and ALL show, which impressed me. I met up with him after I had just finished shooting another movie in LA. Originally, I had this notion that I was not going to end up shooting this. Boy, was I wrong. When I met Eric, he promptly gave me the break down on everything he had been planning, from showing me script breakdowns, to story boards, to audio interviews he’d previously conducted with Danny Lutz, to articles clipped and organized. I was flabbergasted. I definitely didn’t think I was going to be walking away with this documentary, but again I was wrong. Eric had seen my reel, he had seen movies that I’d previously shot (he did his homework), and was dead set on making me the Director of Photography. What choice did I have but to dive into this? (more…)