We last talked in June before the wedding season really picked up in the northern hemisphere. What have you been up to?
It has been a period of change & renewal. For the last year and a bit I have been working towards branching out on my own. I initiated the long process of closing the old company so that I could chase my own dreams and visions. So far, this goes down (without trying to be dramatic) as one of the most pivotal moves of my career - and as I speak with you today, I definitely feel that I made the right decision.
Tell me a little bit about your new company Naz Films Inc.
I founded Naz Films as a natural extension of how I identify myself as an artist and filmmaker. I love to tell stories, always have. No matter what the medium of choice, it all serves my understanding of how I want to express a given subject. I hope everything I do is a reflection of how I see hope and beauty in the everyday. I make wedding films and lifestyle films... Honeymoon films, Birth films, Babies First Year films, Boudoir films, Engagement Films, Vacation+Cottage+BBQ Films. They are all stunning keepsakes -- little life histories of family and good moments that we all have experienced in our own lives!!!! 1.877.629.6840 usa/Canada +1.416.319.7240 email@example.com
Writer-director-cinematographer Scott Di Lalla shoots a scene for I Am ZoZo with the Super 8 Canon 1014 XLS. Photo: One World Studios
I Am ZoZo is an independent horror film inspired by accounts of real supernatural events. The story concerns a Ouija board experience that goes wrong on Halloween weekend and five young people who become the target of a malevolent spirit called ZoZo.
Writer-director-cinematographer Scott Di Lalla embarked on the making of I Am ZoZo with his One World Studios partner, Zack Coffman, who served as producer-editor. Di Lalla and Coffman had met at UCLA in the Tae Kwon Do club. Together, they fantasized about making movies. Then in 2004, they produced Choppertown, a cinema verite biker documentary that was embraced by the motorcycle community, went on to win festival awards, and launched a full-fledged distribution outfit.
Pearl Jam Twenty, Cameron Crowe’s retrospective of the rock group’s first two decades, airs on PBS' American Masters series on October 21st.
The filmmaking team of cinematographer Nicola Marsh and editor Chris Perkel blended archival footage and new interviews to tell the story of the band’s genesis in the Seattle grunge scene, its rocket to stardom, and its subsequent search for wisdom and balance. A surprising amount of film existed, included Super 16 footage of the band’s second performance ever. Lead vocalist Eddie Vedder often carried a Super 8 camera on tour. And many outtakes from music video shoots over the years yielded important story beats. Read the full InCamera article
Pearl Jam Twenty, Cameron Crowe’s retrospective of the rock group’s first two decades, debuts The Hollywood Reporter said that the film was “among his most effective and deeply felt work.” Crowe, an Oscar® winner for the screenplay of Almost Famous, blended archival footage and new interviews to tell the story of the band’s genesis in the Seattle grunge scene, its rocket to stardom, and its subsequent search for wisdom and balance.
The filmmaking team included cinematographer Nicola Marsh and editor Chris Perkel. Perkel says that the brain trust behind the film knew that format was a key decision.
Left to right: Kyle Chandler plays Jackson Lamb, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb, Elle Fanning plays Alice Dainard, and Ron Eldard plays Louis Dainard in SUPER 8, from Paramount Pictures. Photo credit: François Duhamel
Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a pivotal movie for the young Larry Fong. The movie stayed with him because it featured an ordinary man facing extraordinary circumstances, unlike fantasy epics like Star Wars that influenced many future filmmakers of his generation. “It was one of the few times where I felt really transported to that place,” Fong recalls.
Fong grew up to become a talented cinematographer. His latest assignment is director-writer J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The film is executive produced by Close Encounters director Steven Spielberg. “Super 8 is clearly a nod to those science-fiction films of the 1970s,” says Fong. “It was an opportunity for me to try and emulate that feel, and that tone.”