We recently sat down with Kenny Stoff, the Director of Photography on the Sundance and SXSW selection Sound City, to speak with him about the experience. The movie is the directorial debut of Dave Grohl and tells the story of the legendary Van Nuys studio and the bands that recorded there. Kenny and his partner Jessica Young shot the movie and were flies on the wall during Grohl’s incredible conversations with Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and many others.
Kenny spoke with us about how the EPIC was a great camera for the job — able to switch between documentary interview and music performance seamlessly — and how the secret to shooting was prep, prep, prep.
Sound City was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and was accepted to SXSW. It screens three times in the next week at the Austin, Texas festival. Tonight, March 8, it shows at Alamo Village at 9:30pm. It also screens next Wednesday, March 13, at the Paramount Theatre at 7:15pm and next Friday, March 15, in Rollins Theatre at The Long Center at 1:30pm.