Silent Bob Speaks!
Well I finally got back home from a job in Michigan last Wednesday and what should be waiting in my email inbox but a job assignment to photograph a celebrity! Now, keep in mind that I don’t normally get all starry eyed for the famous (I have on occasion worked on jobs that included famous sports figures) but this was a bit different. As many of you may or may not know, I am a huge Kevin Smith fan; I listen to his weekly podcast (entitled SMODcast), I read his daily bulletin board, basically I devour all Kevin Smith related material. As luck would have it, they were doing a premiere here in Pittsburgh for his latest movie “Zack and Miri make a Porno” and the Pittsburgh City Paper needed a picture of the Director, Kevin Smith, to run with an article about the premiere. After re-reading the email several times and then picking my jaw up off the floor I started making phone calls to the appropriate people to make this thing happen. The people at the Pittsburgh Film Office could not have been nicer and told me to come down to the theater around 8:15 p.m. and they would let me in to photograph Kevin. So that evening came and I made sure I was there early just in case anything went haywire. Apparently there was some sort of traffic issue (I know, who would of thought, traffic issues in Pittsburgh) and Kevin was running a bit late. Not a problem, I was able to find a single seat in the back row of the theater and I caught the last half hour of the movie. I can’t remember laughing that hard in a long time! Finally the movie ended and it was time for the Q&A to start. By then I had secured a place right down in front to make sure I had a good angle. Well, no sooner do I get situated does the man himself come strolling down the aisle, in his trademark silent bob coat! The crowd went nuts and I started snapping away. The theater was practically a cave in terms of lighting. I had my poor metz flash working overtime by the time the night was over. I found Kevin to be quite the engaging and self deprecating speaker. He talked about everything from the inspiration behind the movie to upcoming projects to his favorite places to eat in Pittsburgh (which happened to be Gallifty’s and Primani’s). After the Q&A he made some time to sign autographs outside of the theater for fans who couldn’t get in. All in all, he couldn’t have been a nicer guy, and he didn’t seem to mind me snapping away like some kind of crazed paparrazzi reject. So, for those of you keeping score:
1. I got to meet famed movie director Kevin Smith
2. I got to see the last half hour of his latest movie “Zack and Miri make a porno” before it hits theaters.
3. I got paid to do all of this.