Alexander Jeffrey, winner of the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize has done an interview with RED.com. RED is the creator of the RED Digital Stills and Motion Camera (DSMC) product line that Jeffrey used on his winning film The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, which is currently making the festival circuit. Here’s a snippet from the article, which you can read in its entirety here.
“The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy” marked Alexander Jeffery’s debut at the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize, earning his short the coveted Grand Prize Award. A graduate of the first REDucation, Alexander spoke with RED about his introduction to the RED ecosystem and why shooting digital has become the perfect format for him.
With a passion for filmmaking that spans across the various crafts, the technology behind the storytelling was particularly intriguing to Alexander:
“Since I was in high school, I obsessively followed the development of technology, specifically cameras, and I remember when the RED ONE was announced, I wanted to get my hands on one so badly. This might make me a bad filmmaker, but I never had the desire to shoot on film. I’m too impatient. I always loved the immediacy of digital, I was a big Robert Rodriguez fan and he was a big advocate for the transition from film to digital, and I just thought digital was the best option for the speed at which I wanted to work.”
Despite his traditional schooling throughout college, Alexander still felt compelled to further his studies with REDucation. The experience provided him with invaluable insight into the technology of creating the perfect shot while encouraging him to push past the conventional approach to filmmaking.
“Film School was about growing up and learning about the old ways of doing things, which I think has incredible value. Testing, failing, trying again. It was an amazing experience. REDucation was all about getting hands on, learning fast, and debunking all of the myths surrounding the “foreboding” RED workflow…I’m not a cinematographer, but REDucation made me feel very comfortable as a director with understanding the technology, and since I do a lot of my own editing, all of the workflow trial and error was incredibly valuable.”
Read the entire article here.