This week Filmmaker Friday Features our very own Kevin Saffer, who dives into the vault to tell the story of how he got started:
I started my production career fresh out of high school, working as overnight security on movie sets around Toronto. After a brief stint at York University film school, I decided to go forego my fine arts degree and start working full time in the biz. After a few PA and production coordinator gigs, I was offered the opportunity to work as an assistant production accountant.
The first major ‘Hollywood’ film I worked on was Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet…I was in my early twenties, and was asked to fly to Mexico on 3 days notice, to join an accounting team of 6 Canadians and Mexicans working out of Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City.
As a young filmmaker, it was a dream come true…working on a 20th Century Fox feature, in Mexico City, with names like Leo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Paul Sorvino, Pete Postlethwaite, John Leguizamo, and Paul Rudd on the cast list, I was totally awestruck.
The experience was incredible, 2 months in Mexico City, 3 weeks in Veracruz, and a month of wrap on the Fox lot…across from the Luke Skywalker stage….a real dream.
Finally, the film is released and I’m invited to the Toronto premier. I couldn’t have been more proud or felt more cool….until the end credits…where sadly, my name was spelled wrong. They added an H to my last name.
Needless to say, I was devastated, but my date was still impressed…and the movie was awesome.
Check out the trailer for this classic below: