|By KRISTYN ADAMS - Special to TimeOut||
July 10, 2014
WEST BEND - Grand
works of Carl von Marr and exhibiting artists, such as John Steuart
Curry (oils on canvas) and Carl Corey (Hudson photographer), were
vivid backdrops as art in film unfolded recently at the Museum of
An artist of a
different medium, Milwaukee independent film director Frankie Latina
called the shots for two scenes of “Snap Shot” as they lensed at
the prime location.
“We’ve had a
few in-house videos, but no third-party projects have ever filmed here
before. It’s very exciting,” said Graeme Reid, director of
collections-exhibitions. “It keeps adding to raising the museum’s
to do a couple of exterior shots of the museum in addition to some
dialogue in the main gallery. Hopefully, people will see the film and
want to know more.”
The two scenes
necessitated about 30 actors and a film crew. A conference room was
used as a green room for actors and crew members. Latina spoke softly
but assertively as preparations were tended and talent was on standby.
enthusiastically the film was being recorded in lesser used, more
expensive 16mm film.
“I have two
directors of photography and they both have the only 16mm film cameras
in the Midwest. One in Chicago, the other in Milwaukee. It’s great -
they’re both here.”
photography Marcin Szocinski of Chicago is a native of Poland who has
been in the states for 12 years.
“I do everything
in life by 17 years so I’ll be here for another five years,” he
said before talking shop in the here and now.
perspective, this museum is perfect mostly because of lighting,”
Szocinski said. As he strolled the upper level hall, he described it
as the best feature for filming.
“We have big
windows that face west,” he said. “At this time of day with
overcast skies, the lighting is nice and soft and it bounces from the
Russell of Milwaukee agreed and said museums are usually a good place
to shoot because the environment is designed carefully for artistic
Reid had fun
helping with the project. In addition to helping supervise, he did
some set-dressing work for the film’s director by carefully taping
prop artwork to the walls in accordance with specific script
requirements. Reid smiled when asked about the plot.
“I believe a
gentleman buys a camera at an antique store and it still has a roll of
film inside,” he said. “After he develops the film, he discovers
the storyline of a murder. He has to solve the murder based on what is
on the film he finds.”
exterior footage of the museum will frame a substantial length of
“If people who
are sitting in a theater at Sundance (Film Festival) and suddenly
there’s an exterior shot of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, they’re
going to say, ‘What the heck is that? Where is that museum?’”
Sophie Pipitone of
Thiensville was on set with her dad, Nick Pipitone who was helping his
friend, Latina by being an extra in the film.
Nick Pipitone also
co-wrote the music theme for Latina’s first film, “Modus
Operandi” which was a Sundance Film Festival entry.
Latina plans to
finish “Snap Shot” by August. The project will be entered into the
Sundance Film Festival in the fall.
been here before. I love art anyway, so being behind the scenes is
like a whole cultural experience,” Sophie Pipitone said.
Richard Halverson portrayed a nasty character named Mr. O’Neil, but
the role must be a stretch.
Halverson was a
friendly chap and who was more than happy to talk the genre. “The
man who runs the camera is the main talent,” Halverson said.