We caught up with Burns to discuss her thoughts on filmmaking and the collision of the differences and similarities of working in still photography and in motion.
How are the worlds of still and motion similar or different to you?
Stills represent a fragment of a world, stimulating the viewer's imagination. With motion, however, you can carry the audience through your story by fleshing out the piece with movement and sound. Strangely enough, I would say, in stills, I aim to find motion, and in motion, I try to find the perfect stills.
What gear do you use?
For my first short film, Tendance Brute, I used the RED EPIC and RED SCARLET cameras and the B2Pro Lighting System.
What would you say to an independent filmmaker looking to create the look and image quality of bigger-budget productions?
The key to success revolves around the team you work with. Each person should be the master of their craft. The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts. In New York City, I'm surrounded by these hyper-talented individuals, and I try to incorporate them into my work as often as possible. Also, I would suggest bringing in people you care about and keeping your set as simple and humble as possible. This way, there's no energy lost on drama, and you can focus on creating high-quality work.
You can see more of Maria Burns' work at www.maria-burns.com.