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300 & the Art of Loyalty

Category: 300 News
Article Date: February 25, 2007 | Publication: Lennie's Big Red Apple Media Blog | Author: Lennie

Posted by: DaisyMay

Director Zach Snyder is about to unleash an amazing looking film call 300.

About 14 years ago when I was just starting my career as an AD, I had the good fortune to be Zach Snyderís 2nd AD. Danny Weisberg (who is now an award winning commercial director himself) was the 1st AD tht I worked with. When Danny left the AD world to start directing commercials, my hope was to move up as Zachís 1st AD. This is where the loyalty part comes in.

Zachís best friend Kurt Johnstad became Zachís 1st AD. He had been working as Zach dolly grip on every comercial that Zach did. And when the spot became available, he moved Kurt into it. Sure, I wanted that spot, but he gave it tto his trusted friend, who learned on the job and collaborated well with Zach. Now Kurt is the co-writer of Zachís new movie "300". To me, that is cool!

Now this story of loyalty doesnít stop here. Zachís 2nd unit director on both his features Dawn of the Dead (2004), and 300 is a director named Clay Staub. Clay and Zach were both directors at a (no longer in existence) production company here in Los Angeles called The End. They have stayed fiends and Zach still works with him.

Round 3: The Cinematographer on 300 is Larry Fong. I first met Larrry while working with Zach almost 15 years ago. Great DP. He has been one of the cinematographers on Lost and is now back with Zach.

So loyalty does still exist. Itís a great commodity. If you can find it, do everything you can to hold on to it.


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