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“We Were So Close to Shooting”: Jarin Blaschke on Cancelled Projects

In April, as we began to put together the Summer, 2020 issue of Filmmaker, we asked directors, cinematographers, editors and other film workers to send us their thoughts on the quarantine and their own creative lives. The responses printed here were collected from April through mid-June — personal statements that speak variously to individual filmmaking practices, films halted mid-production, politics, art and life. Read all the responses here. — Editor

I’m very grateful. I know of so many projects just being outright cancelled. People getting their first break as a director, finally, and then having it go away. I’m just utterly grateful again to have that added six weeks of work over the break and also having that to go back to very soon.

So much was invested money- and time-wise. We were so close to shooting, which on the bright side made coming back much more likely. Others are much less fortunate. I’m well aware of that.

Jarin Blaschke is a cinematographer.

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