Thanks to Vice Media, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of work in the emerging cannabis industry. Enough so that instead of marveling at the beauty of a million dollar marijuana grow, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m thinking of new and creative ways to depict said million dollar grow. With how simple it is to grow, I’m amazed that its such a cash crop. Its kind of ridiculous that the federal government ever thought it could enforce any sort of prohibition (kind of like the last time we tried the prohibition thing and so everyone stopped drinking except all the people who didn’t stop drinking). All that said, I’m not a big user of the plant - it doesn’t interact with me well. But it is very pretty to film.
I love this story of the blackmarket grower in Georgia who uprooted and moved West to go legitimate in California. History really does move in cycles.
This was originally conceived as part of the Minority Reports series that I’ve already written about - we wanted to talk about the lack of POC in the legal cannabis industry and we did get a chance to touch on that - but as the edit progressed it became clear that the story of Kingston and Felix was really its own standalone film about true businessmen adapting to a growing and shifting market to make the most of it.
I selected the old standby Canon C300mk2 to capture this and relied heavily on the Canon 17-55 IS lens on A camera. One interesting note - this was my first film to fly the Canon C100mk2 on the MoVi M5. The C100 ran right up against the weight limitation of the M5 but it worked out if I used a small capacity battery and a small wide angle zoom lens. That gave me the ability to utilize the auto-focus function in the C100mk2 as I rode a skateboard around the giant warehouse gripping the MoVi. Tons of fun.
Canon C300mk2, Canon C100mk2, MoVi M5, Canon L Series zooms and primes