Working With History...
Tripod in hand, my LowePro camera backpack on, and two of my great friends walking next to me. We have just arrived at our shooting location and I feel this exciting and anxious pull from my heart to my fingertips as I am about to start shooting for my next project. This is an exciting project, but to be in this location, who would imagine that I could shoot in this amazing of a place. Feeling the pristine carpet under my shoes as I am about to pull open the doors to one of the most historic places in Knoxville, arguably in the state of Tennessee. I pull open the door and I find myself looking at it, this place has a sence of majesty at the same time it feels like and is a slice of home, I am now standing in the beautiful, Historic Tennessee Theater. Red velvet seats, beautiful lighting, wonderful walls, there hasn't been a show here that I haven't been in awe of the beauty of this venue. I am now going to be a shooting a Promo for the UT Basketball team here focusing on Josh Richardson.
While I was getting to set up lighting and preparing the shoot we were awaiting Josh's arrival, but that wait was easy getting to be in a place this beautiful. Knowing that I would be getting to shoot film within such a beautiful place, a place that is as close to my heart as the Tennessee Theater I was taking in every moment I could. Once I got everything set up I was able to go on stage and play the only song I know how to play (Clocks by Coldplay), but hey not many people can say they have performed at the Tennessee Theater even if was just for two of my friends.
Richardson arrived and we got the ball rolling with quickly achieving our concept that we had set out for (below are some production stills). It was great getting to be in the presence of either Knoxville locals, or Knoxville icons such as a Tennessee Basketball player. I have never been able to take in such a deep breath and so confidently exhale the words 'This is Tennessee.' Home sweet home, as much as I desire and dream about being a filmmaker over in LA or NY I know that Knoxville will have a place in my heart for a lifetime and I am proud to be from the beautiful state of Tennessee.
pictures taken by - Austin Thomas