His team is specialized by necessity. EditLab's nimble approach provides high-end production value with minimum cost and crew.
A February film featuring downtown Milledgeville's Blackbird Coffee was a personal one-man band production showcasing that nimbleness. This short film depicts two expert coffee roasters detailing the craft. Curtis shot, directed, produced and edited the fun piece.
Use of the EyeDirect tool, that makes people more comfortable looking into the lens because they see a reflection of the interviewer, allowed him to direct and run sound simultaneously.
Certain projects require more planning, but the personal nature of the Blackbird film simplified the process. He describes his style as “jazzy” and “improvisational”.
“At some point you have to do things that feed your soul. Not every project that comes your way is going to be exciting,” Curtis said. “When you find the story yourself, then it's easy for that passion to come through for the audience.”
Curtis does prefer the team approach, which opens his true passion.
“I'd much rather just direct. It's the pinnacle for me. Frankly, that's how I started shooting in the first place,” he said. “My love is working with the actors and the crew getting everybody inspired to do their best work.”
Recent credits include work for the American Cancer Society, the Federal Aviation Administration and TNT Latin America. Work on Academy Award broadcast interstitials for “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” are just a few resume highlights.
The locally based filmmaker survived the so-called “democratization of the film industry.” Affordable editing software flooded the business, thereby pushing prices down and some veterans out of a job.
“It's a vastly different landscape now then when I started. It's kind of destroying the industry frankly,” Curtis said. “Dedicated craftsmen are now competing with someone that could live in their parent's basement. Talent will always rise, but unfortunately it's also having a negative pressure on the industry.”