Kirstie Simson Shoot in New York

Had the Kirstie Simson shoot today. Kirstie is a legendary British improv dancer. The New York Times recently called her a force of nature!

Shot in the apartment of a friend of hers in midtown, another dancer named Jenni Hong. It was a windy, cold day. Had breakfast with my friend, actor Ron Bopst, at a little diner on Amsterdam then a quick stop for heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for Kirstie and Jenni, after all it is Valentine’s Day.  We all had dinner the night before at an Indian restaurant, a meal covered in teriyaki, curry, and laughter.

Chris Cassidy, the New York-based cameraman who was part of the Manny Azenburg shoot,  and long-time friend/collaborator Phil Rosensteel shot today’s conversation. Having scouted the location last week, I had a good idea of which set up would give us the best light. We set up in front of three large windows facing North, making use of that wonderfully soft north light the old masters used. We had gorgeous views of the city and beyond. Breathtaking!

Jenni said that Al Pacino had an office a few floors above her. Listening to her talk about the elevator rides they’ve shared was fascinating!

Videographers Chris Cassidy (far left) and Phil Rosensteel (far right) with Steven Fischer and Kirstie Simson. New York City.

Videographers Chris Cassidy (far left) and Phil Rosensteel (far right) with Steven Fischer and Kirstie Simson. New York City.

“So often the creative process seems to include working very hard on something that never pans out and is finally abandoned only to discover something better.” That was the quote with which I opened our recorded conversation. It is from Eleanor Coppola. (I’ve been reading with much gusto a galley of her new book Notes on a Life. Her observation, interpretation, and description is a real education and inspiration. And I have always admired Francis Ford Coppola, he is a cinematic artist in the truest sense.)

There were three moments in my hour-and-fifteen conversation with Kirstie that really became intense, and I’m anxious to see the footage.

When we’d finished and packed Chris headed home to be with his wife, Phil, Kirstie and I headed to a diner on W. 57th where Jenni met us for a leisurely lunch with TCM host Robert Osborne. (Sort of. He was two tables over.)

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