Tree Hugger - Kira Bursky

Brad Hoover preparing lighting for the first scene of the day. 

Brad Hoover preparing lighting for the first scene of the day. 

 

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. 

CAST

Clara Thatcher Johnson-Welden
Cody Sam Bible-Sullivan
Leo Jack Fulghum
Girl in Hall Grace Mark

CREW

Writer and Director Kira Bursky
Cinematography Paul Lewis Anderson
Assistant Director Wayne Culpepper
Gaffer & Assistant Camera Brad Hoover
Script Supervisors  
Sam Snelgrove
Molly Schantz
Audio Bill Pivetta
DIT  
Sam Snelgrove
Keaton Bishop-Marx
Terron Vawter
Key Grip Brian K. Heller
Grips  
Keaton Bishop-Marx
Terron Vawter
Zane Logan
David Junker
Kristine Montgomery
Gabe Ormsby
Casting Coordinator Eva Wren Lambert
Makeup  
Andi Summer
Ashley Pond
Nichole Ambrosia
Editing and Sound Design Kira Bursky
Color Grading Alice Shindelar
Catering  
Lauren Bursky
Beth Rhyne
Laurie Gates
Tigner Culpepper
Camera and Lenses Provided by W.S. Pivetta / First Avenue Films, Inc.
On Set Stills  
Zane Logan
Kristen Bryant
David Junker
Original Score Nicolas Martin

EXTRAS
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

PRODUCED BY
Jane and Andy Bursky

 

Brad Hoover and Paul Lewis Anderson setting up the Red. 

Brad Hoover and Paul Lewis Anderson setting up the Red. 

Kira working on lighting and keeping everything upbeat. 

Kira working on lighting and keeping everything upbeat. 

Kira and Wayne Culpepper, A.D. sitting in for a test shot. 

Kira and Wayne Culpepper, A.D. sitting in for a test shot. 

Kira and Paul Lewis Anderson. 

Kira and Paul Lewis Anderson. 

Kira styling Thatcher's outfit for the first scene to be filmed that day. 

Kira styling Thatcher's outfit for the first scene to be filmed that day. 

Kira Directing Sam for the next scene. 

Kira Directing Sam for the next scene. 

Thatcher and Sam hanging out before the first take. 

Thatcher and Sam hanging out before the first take. 

Make-up artist, prepping Thatcher for the day. 

Make-up artist, prepping Thatcher for the day. 

The bedroom set for the three scenes filmed at the Carolina Film Institute. 

The bedroom set for the three scenes filmed at the Carolina Film Institute. 

Brad, Wayne, and Kira prepping for the second scene. 

Brad, Wayne, and Kira prepping for the second scene. 

Paul and Bill Pivetta prepping the Red and Crane for the second scene. 

Paul and Bill Pivetta prepping the Red and Crane for the second scene. 

Going up. 

Going up. 

Paul and Brad moving into position for filming the next two scenes. 

Paul and Brad moving into position for filming the next two scenes. 

Kira sitting in for Thatcher. 

Kira sitting in for Thatcher. 

Kira

Kira

Kira watching the current take for the second scene of the day.

Kira watching the current take for the second scene of the day.

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. 

Kira watching Thatcher on re-play. 

Kira watching Thatcher on re-play. 

Kira directing for the the third and final scene of the day. 

Kira directing for the the third and final scene of the day. 

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.

Rehearsing the scene. 

Rehearsing the scene. 

Make-up touch-ups. 

Make-up touch-ups. 

Filming the third and final inside scene of the day. 

Filming the third and final inside scene of the day. 

 

Places to keep up with Kira and see her projects: 

Facebook: All Around Artsy    

Vimeo: Kira Bursky

Tree Hugger - Trailer

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.

Much love,

Kristen

 

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