Thursday, 03 October 2013 02:52

Industry Tips - Shooting Stars…Or why everyone needs a little R and R!

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I got to shoot Robert Redford last week…it didn’t hurt I promise! We used an Epic camera not any firearms, though from observing his rugged good looks and going over the list of movies the man has starred in, he is probably comfortable with a magnum strapped to his side. But I digress.

The amazing folks at Sundance Channel and NuContext Creative gave me the opportunity to go to the Sundance Resort in Utah, a place Robert envisioned and manifested, to work with him for a segment he hosts on the Sundance channel (a network he started BTW). I love what I do and thanks Sundance!

But I have to say I had butterflies thinking about interacting with this larger than life iconic figure that not only is a major movie star, but also an environmentalist, human rights activist, and entrepreneur, and all on a major world stage. Go Bob!

Oh, and it wasn’t just me. Everyone on the crew from the hot thirty-something girls to the good ol boy gaffer felt it. We were star struck. And when he rode in on his motorcycle you should have seen them swoon and heard the sighs.

“Would Mr. Redford like to shoot here?” “Would Mr. Redford want this to drink” “Would Mr. Redford be ok with?” We all wanted to make Bob happy!

And why not? What happens to people when they work towards a common goal and in the consciousness of service? What’s possible when we care about each other and consider the human experience as we try to accomplish a task or meet a deadline?

From my experience it’s great for business and it creates an atmosphere of giving that makes everyone feel good while on the way to accomplishment. It’s a contagious feeling, and more times than not if you are open to it, you get caught up in the warm and fuzzy and find yourself more productive while having a good time. And you call that work?

Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Being able to give and receive in our relationships, with family and friends, and in our work lives, enriches not only our experience but the experience of others.

So thanks Robert Redford, for reminding me of how it feels to be attentive and caring. Thanks for being gracious and appreciative of all we did to make you comfortable and able to do your job. And thanks for inspiring me with your vision, sticktoitness, and your love of the earth by being her steward. You inspired me and reminded me that hot movie star goes well with grace and power when mixed with I still care about people!

Keep up the good work Bob!

And check out his new movie. He is all that and more!

See you on set,


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

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