Bud Kremp, SOC – “Banshee”
On the evening of April 3rd, 1978, my life changed forever. I was 11 years old watching the Academy Awards with my family. Host Bob Hope had just handed over the ceremony to Billy Dee Williams, presenter of the award for technical achievement. Billy spoke of a new camera stabilizing device by Garrett Brown called “Steadicam” as another man demonstrated it by walking and jogging in place. It was at this very moment almost 40 years ago, that I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! I have been truly blessed to have achieved a life long dream and “Banshee” has been a big part of it. “Banshee” is the story of a messed up family in a twisted town. As a crew shooting “Banshee,” it’s the exact opposite. We consider ourselves family. DP Chris Faloona, Operators Paige Thomas, Chris Schenck, Assistants Jeff Graham, Alan Newcomb and Bill Marti all make it possible to laugh through the challenges we face on set: long hours, dangerous stunts, extreme temperatures, and we still want to hang out afterward. I cannot speak highly enough about Director of Photography, Christopher Faloona. Chris is one of the best Cinematographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. We are very in sync when it comes to camera movement and placement. After 20 episodes of “Banshee,” we have learned many shortcuts. Executive Producer/Director, Greg Yaitanes, and I have worked together on and off for 20 years. Greg is a filmmaker and more importantly a great storyteller. He always encourages me to look for new and innovative ways to lens “Banshee,” and he relies on my instincts to help tell the story. The highlight of my career would have to be the moment I came face to face with Garret Brown at an industry holiday party. I was near tears as I thanked the man responsible for inventing the stabilizing device that made an 11 year-old boy’s dreams come true.