The Giving Tree Short Film

Back in Summer of 2014 I had the magical experience of filming a short film, which was based upon Shel Silverstein’s book,    “The Giving Tree,”

The film is directed by Brian Brose, produced by Chris Buchal, and I was the Cinematographer. Harrisen Howes was AC/Stedicam Opp for a few shots and the film was beautifully color graded by Jordan Snider.  We all came together to bring Shel Silverstein’s book to life with fresh eyes.  It turned out many other talented people shared the same vision and worked on this movie.

We had a great cast of Greg James, Brady James ( his son), Janet Day Brelje, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Jessica Lynn Skinner and David Koshuba.

 

WebThe shoot was completed quickly over the course of a weekend during beautiful Portland summer days. If I recall it was shot on the Red Scarlet with Canon Cinema Primes.  Brian wanted to capture the feeling of being in love, which we discussed as bright beautiful, and flowing with tender grace.  The sparkling eyes of childhood, would pop with saturated colors, and vibrant contrast.

Attached above is a look at the first scene in the movie, when the boy was still young and in love with the Tree. We wanted this scene to be the most vivid color wise in the whole film and really speak to what it feels to be young and in love.

Stay tuned for more scenes from the movie as we gear up towards the release of the short.

Thanks for reading.

Sean