Production Sound & Video

Winter 2017

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20 Usually, it takes a lot more than "I want you to work on my film" before you have the job. Most of the time, you have to go in and meet the Producers, the Production Manager and the Director. After the meeting, it's "thank you for coming in and we will be in touch." However, it helps when you have done five films with the Director. Denzel was so excited about the project and that the script was adapted from the hit Broadway play Fences. I had not seen the play, but had heard a lot about it. I was just as excited as he was and could not wait to read it. Denzel was the star, Director and one of the Producers of Fences, along with Molly Allen and Todd Black. This was my first time doing a film that was developed from a play. My first step is to read the script and have a good understanding of the story. I was thrilled to be involved with such a great project and to be working with a great team. I knew this would be challenging, FENCES by Willie Burton CAS The Sound of In late February 2016, after returning from my morning walk, I turned my cellphone on to check my messages. There was a voice mail from Molly Allen wanting to know if I was available to work on a project starting mid- April to be filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was excited and immediately returned the call. The voice on the other end said hello and it was Denzel Washington. I announced myself and his first words were, "I want you to work on my film." I said okay and Denzel joked that he was the Secretary, Director, Producer and did many other office tasks. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences.

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