I recently saw this great little short film below by Malcolm Venville on Nowness and thought it was genius in how it perfectly illustrated the all too frequent process of dwindling access when it comes to shooting celebrities. It starts with high concept plans and grand promises and slowly it gets whittled away by circumstance, miscommunication, politics, scheduling and luck so that in the end you are fighting for what is actually possible to achieve within the basic properties of physics: time, space, and gravity. It’s all about what you do in the moment of opportunity you finally end up getting, no matter what you went through to get there and how short it may be. Kudos to Malcolm for taking a fairly absurd situation and turning it around into a fun little film. I guess he still did get to go to St. Moritz too and that’s not so bad. On the flip side, I actually photographed Malcolm in 2010 at the Toronto Film Festival when he was there promoting Henry’s Crime which he directed. I remember him being very nice and he gave me all the time I needed to take his picture.