Picking Up the Pieces
Director, Writer, Producer
Deerfield Academy, '16
The biggest lesson I learned while shooting is to know what you're doing ahead of time. I remember having trouble on the set at the beginning because of small things: missing batteries and misplaced piece of equipment, not having a detailed shooting plan. Documentary filmmaking succeeds only when you are absolutely prepared.
My biggest obstacle in making this film was that the budget and approach required single take interview shooting. I was also shooting in a wide variety of different locations - 6 different countries and different types of spaces. So I had to be precise with measuring distances to frame shots and angles to create a more or less consistent interview look and be prepared to shoot in different environments.
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.