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Adam Cohen, cinematographer: SEA HORSE

February 26, 2015
Adam Cohen is the cinematographer for SEA HORSE

Adam Cohen is the cinematographer for SEA HORSE

1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of Sea Horse, from concept to financing.

Sea Horse is centered around a theme of “Home” and the variations of what home means to each of the characters. Reducing characters down to specific sayings (i.e. “Home is where the heart is” as the emotional, “Being ‘At Home’” as the mental, and “We’re home” as the physical) and then allowing each actor to build their character from those concepts created an extremely collaborative process where the actors began to imbue their characters with many different colors of personality and made for a more realistic performance. Their actions are defined by these concepts and though they are all looking for the same thing, the perspective is different.

2Q: Cinequest Film Festival is hosting the World Premiere of Sea Horse. Explain to us how it feels to bring this film before audiences for the first time, and what do you think their reaction will be to your film?

I’m very excited to see how people not associated with the making of the film will react. I’m not speculating, more curious.

3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making Sea Horse?

Everything about the process was magical. The film has been a very special project that will always hold a very important place close to my heart. It was made with passion and a true love for storytelling. Not all films are truly collaborative, but Sea Horse was exactly that, from beginning to finish.

4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?

People see different types of films for many different reasons. Sea Horse contains basic humanistic elements that we have all experienced throughout our lives, and that makes it relatable. If I care about the characters, I invest in my hero’s story. I cheer and cry for my hero. Film is cathartic and if I leave the theatre feeling something different from when I walked in, I feel rewarded, energized, hopeful, ready and able to see the world in a new way because of the journey I went on with my character.

5Q: Time to pre-plan: You just won the Oscar for Sea Horse. Give us your acceptance speech.

Gracias, para todo.

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