Tree Hugger - Kira Bursky
If you read my last blog post Film Stills with Kira Bursky and Crew then you know that I was only able to shoot for Kira and crew the one day of Tree Hugger. I was really taken aback by the all of the talented people in the building that day. The three scenes were filmed inside of the Carolina Film Institute where Brad Hoover (Gaffer and Assistant Camera for Tree Hugger) is a Director, Cinematographer, and Instructor. Tree Hugger is an amazing short film along with most of Kira's work. Right now it is in a "Festival Run," and is not available for public viewing, but I included the trailer and a link to Kira's Vimeo at the bottom of this post. Tree Hugger had the opportunity to travel to the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival and received the Jury Award for Best Youth Film and Audience Award for Best Youth Film at the Laguna Film Festival. The film presents a story of a life changing event for a young girl just starting High School. The film is an excellent representation of Kira's whimsical story telling abilities. So much hard work and talent was put into this production and it was more than evident in the final result. Below is the list of all those who worked on the film. Included with the full film Kira also shared many thanks.
Clara Thatcher Johnson-Welden
Cody Sam Bible-Sullivan
Leo Jack Fulghum
Girl in Hall Grace Mark
Writer and Director Kira Bursky
Cinematography Paul Lewis Anderson
Assistant Director Wayne Culpepper
Gaffer & Assistant Camera Brad Hoover
Audio Bill Pivetta
Key Grip Brian K. Heller
Casting Coordinator Eva Wren Lambert
Editing and Sound Design Kira Bursky
Color Grading Alice Shindelar
Camera and Lenses Provided by W.S. Pivetta / First Avenue Films, Inc.
On Set Stills
Original Score Nicolas Martin
Aubrey Clark Eva Wren Lambert
Molly Schantz Zeppelin Murray
Emma Jenkins Gabe Levasseur
Clara Alura Huck Israel
Iris Orion Van Arthur
Molly White Muiryeal Thames
Jane and Andy Bursky
The second scene of the day was of Thatcher's character crying alone in her room. This scene was beautifully shot. Watching Thatcher act in this scene was a sincerely moving experience. I had to keep from crying while watching her and shooting the stills. My sympathy tears aren't able to discriminate between acting tears and real tears.
In the rehearsal/directing for the third scene of the day there was a moment where the actors used phrases that they used in every day life. Kira directed this around the original dialogue and they came together to create an even more relatable exchange within the opening scene.
Thankfully, I have been able to join some of these same people on the set of other films by Kira. My last blog post was on a film that she just wrapped up prior to Thanksgiving Holidays. The post is on the first day of filming. I wasn't able to make the in-between days so my next post will be on the final day of filming. The film is called "Really Looking." It is yet another beautiful short film with Kira's signature style. I can't wait to see the final production.