The creative team behind upcoming film The Living will discuss the production and post-production of the project during the Miami stop of the Creative Video Revolution Tour, taking place on July 9th.
The award-winning feature film tells the story of Teddy who, awakening from an alcohol-induced blackout, discovers that he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he seeks her forgiveness, she struggles with a possible future together. Absent a father’s protection, Molly’s brother’s humiliation over not being able to defend his sister quickly turns to hate. In desperation, Gordon seeks out and hires an ex-con to kill Teddy, setting forth an unstoppable sequence of shocking events. Redemption, revenge, forgiveness, and inhumanity interweave in an all-fated tale of life and unforeseen circumstances.
The Living is most likely the first on-location film to be shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This revolutionary camera allowed the achievement of a visual quality previously unattainable at this budget level. On July 9th, join producer/director/writer Jack Bryan, cinematographer Aleksander Kosutic, producer Laura DuBois, producer John Snyder, and colorist Juan Salvo as they delve into their production and workflow on the thriller.
The Blackmagic Creative Video Revolution combines education, engineering expertise and real-world experience. Join product specialists from Blackmagic Design, experienced end users and the editors of Digital Video and TV Technology for an afternoon of information, interaction and innovation. Registration is free for creative professionals.
Producer/Director/Writer of The Living
Born in New York City, Jack spent the majority of his childhood moving around the United States and Europe. He began writing screenplays while in high school, where he founded and taught a film history class. During his undergraduate years at Eugene Lang College within The New School University he worked as a Production Assistant and wrote a screenplay called “Sidewinder” that was optioned shortly after completion. By 2006, in addition to making several short films and music videos, Jack started work on directing the documentary Life After Dark: The Story of Siberia Bar, which was released in 2009 at The Anthology Film Archive and screened at SoHo House. Paper magazine featured Jack in the annual “Unhollywood” issue as one of the film industry’s top young “Chroniclers of Truth.”
After graduating from The New School University, Jack spent time working for the Sundance Channel and on the side worked as a camera operator and editor for Secondhand Serenade: A Firsthand Look, a documentary about the platinum selling pop band. In addition to his hands-on film experience, Jack also worked as a journalist. He became a regular columnist at Quest magazine, where he was also hired as Editor at Large. In 2009, he contributed multiple articles to The New York Observer, and took a full time position with Vicart Entertainment, an independent production studio, as head staff writer and director. Here, he wrote, and oversaw the writing of over a dozen scripts and directed a feature film with nine days of production and a $15,000 budget. In April of 2012, Jack started Shooting Films with John Snyder and Laura DuBois and produced the short “And After All” and wrote, directed, and produced the feature The Living. He is preparing his next film as a writer, director, and producer, Private Kingdom.
Producer of The Living
Laura is the co-founder and partner of Shooting Films, a New York-based independent production company that has made two award-winning films: The Living and “And After All.” Since the beginning of the company in early 2012, Laura has also actively been freelancing on films, commercials and music videos either as a producer, line producer, production manager or assistant director. Before starting Shooting Films, Laura was the director of business development and production for Vicart Entertainment, a privately-held independent film and commercial production company based in Tribeca, from 2010–2011, where she wrote and designed materials for films, sourced and pitched new business, maintained client relationships, and contributed to the creative production of projects.
Laura dove into the film industry after graduating from the Film Track program at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York where she studied filmmaking and acting from 2009–2010. Outside of school, she worked with Project Welles on the development and marketing for Orson Welles’ unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, which is now aiming for release in 2015. From 2007–2009 Laura worked at Goldman Sachs in the merchant banking division. Beforehand, she was as an account executive at a publishing company from 2006–2007. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in psychology and sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2006. While at school, she produced and co-hosted a live show on the campus station, worked on her independent study, and was a teaching assistant.
Producer of The Living
John is from Boston, Massachusetts and obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree with concentrations in Political Science and Pre-Law from Capital University. John previously worked for Senatorial and Congressional campaigns in Connecticut, where he managed field strategy and operations primarily in Eastern and Southwestern districts over the last two election cycles. In addition, John has been an asset to non-profit planning and development for organizations such as The Fessenden School, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, and Choate Rosemary Hall. John continues to use his skills of negation, diplomacy and tenacity to make things happen for Shooting Films. As a natural connector, he excels at communicating and building networks. As a producer, he understands how to build and run an organization. He utilizes the variety of revenue streams involved in movie production while maximizing returns on investment.
Cinematographer, The Living
Aleksandar Kosutic is a talented director of photography who specializes in high definition but has worked with all mediums from digital video to 35mm film. Alex’s knowledge and passion for new technology keeps him at the forefront of the rapidly evolving entertainment industry.
Born in Serbia, Alex fell in love with cinema at a very young age. In 1993, his family moved from Serbia to the United States and he attended schools in California and North Carolina. He later moved to New York to study at the New York Film Academy, where he discovered his passion and talent in the art of cinematography. Alex began his career shooting a commercial for the Academy. Aleksandar has worked on numerous shorts and features, including “The Living,” which is playing in 12 cities right now. He also shot a lot for fashion as well for brands such as Kerastase, Nars and Balenciaga, just to name a few.
Colorist for The Living
Juan is as exacting with image quality as he is technically savvy, a combination that’s served him well in his chosen profession. His work has been seen on movie and television screens, in Web browsers and on mobile devices worldwide. He regularly collaborates with a diverse clientele—acclaimed music video directors, world-renowned artists, advertising creatives, filmmakers and documentarians—to enhance and finish their projects.