CHAPTER 30

The Optician

30.1 How It Came About

I first met the Director of The Optician, Jane McGee, when we were both teaching at the New York Film Academy in London, she teaching Direction and myself Advanced Cinematography. Our first outing together was on a practical exercise and we immediately hit it off. I liked her and her work so much I offered to shoot a short for her if she ever had a script. It took a couple of years but eventually she sent me The Optician, which she had written – I loved it immediately!

Fortunately it was scheduled for a winter shoot, always a good thing if one is trying to shoot something on a limited budget as technicians are usually available and equipment can be hired at good discounts. I was able to pull together ...

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