After Buena Vista Distribution executives saw early footage of its negative pickup “The Inkwell,” director Matty Rich moved quickly to fire two of five members of his camera crew, it was confirmed Wednesday.
The assistant cameraman and the camera operator were given the heave-ho after three weeks of production in Wilmington, N.C., on the Giant Pictures production, which is Rich’s directorial follow-up to the low-budget breakthrough “Straight Out of Brooklyn.”
The movie’s spokesman, Mark Pogachefsky, said in a prepared statement, “There were technical difficulties on some of the printed takes, which necessitated a change in the staff of the camera department. It was with great difficulty that the production decided to let these crew members go, but ultimately the producers felt it was for the good of the film.”
The primary problem with the footage was reportedly soft focus. A new assistant cameraman and operator have since been dispatched from Hollywood and already have arrived on the set.
Buena Vista executives were mum on the production.
“The Inkwell,” written by Trey Ellis and Paris Qualles, revolves around an idiosyncratic teenager who loves Jimi Hendrix. The African-American protagonist eventually finds his true identity when romance comes his way.