Fufilling the odd fetishes of her clients, a girl struggles to balance the dark reality of her professional and personal life.
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Director: Johnny Salas
Johnny Salas is a fantastic director. He was one of the view people who knew exactly what he wanted from the get go. This helped out immensely during pre-production; I easily understood his visual plan. On set, I would set up shots as if he were setting them up himself because he gave me so much details to work with.
For this film, we wanted to plan around the idea of chiaroscuro and minimalism. Most of the picture takes place in hotel rooms, all of which were cramped. I decided to stick with a single source key light for nearly all set ups and utilized fill to maintain healthy shadow details.
The apartment sequences were done very cinema verte style with little to no set-up for each shot. Johnny wanted Sandy (the main character) to have full range as her character. This environment was her cave; her safe spot from reality.
A visual rule Johnny wanted was maintaining a clear perspective. We always wanted to see things from her point of view and never share it with another character. During dialogue scenes, we would frame our main character in an over-the-shoulder, but the reverse would be a true POV straight into the camera. The audience should feel each client's stare just like the character feels.
This film was shot in Phoenix, but we got very lucky with weather. It rained all four days of shooting and the skies looked great. Furthermore, the water changed up the rather brown and dead landscape of Arizona to something dirty and muddy.
My 1st AC Holley Aurelia was a great help to this project and I thank her again for her great effort.
I loved the simplicity we embraced for this film. It helped the actors really hone in perfect performances and the lighting lends to the simplicity of fetishes which we all to often envision as complex.