"The reason is that I think it’s interesting because it makes you stop and really check out everything else that is going on in that picture"
Can you tell me about a memorable photo or video shoot that you had?
To this day, 2011 Bumbershoot is my most memorable shoot! It was my first big video shoot with Anna Matuszewski & Kisha Vaughan - Macklorettes (backup dancers) and the whole Macklemore gang at Key Arena performance. I did not have any expectation going into it. Macklemore had his big local buzz and some buzz around the country. I was asked if I wanted to make a documentary about the Macklorettes who were going to perform with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Bumbershoot. To be honest at the time I was not even that big into the local hip hop scene.
In July of 2011, I started filming the Macklorettes going through the process of preparing for the concert. Macklemore & Ryan came to one of the rehearsals. I was like should I talk to him, should I say Hi…? So I panned out and captured Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I was trying to keep it cool.
September 4th 2011, at the he actual concert when Macklemore walked out on stage, the whole place went absolutely nuts! I think this moment in my eyes; I knew it would never be the same. It was so surreal! At that moment, I heard whimpering and I looked to my left and it was his girlfriend, who was sitting next to me. She was balling and shaking. No one really knows what they (Macklemore & his girlfriend) had gone through with the stories about his use of drugs and giving up. To see her shaking and balling, and looking up and seeing him standing on the stage with one hand in the air saying “Seattle Washington” to a sold out Key Arena. The place was absolutely going crazy! It was the most inspiring thing I've ever been a part of! Now, every time I think about doing something else or this is so hard, I think of that moment... "This is my favorite memory".
What music are you currently listen to on your iPod?
I listen to a local Seattle guy named "Turtle T" with a group called Nu Era. Kanye West is always on my iPod. When I do my edit work, I only listen to instrumental. Otherwise I get caught up in the words and not my work. I also listen to the KnowMads.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
The ‘Usual Suspects’ if my all time favorite! I love endings that take you by surprise. As far as cinematic that impressed me, it’s a movie called Dominos. The color grading is really sharp and bold and I like how they cut in and out. I like movies that go back and forth and show you how it came about. I think the movie ‘Drive’ was a good cinematic piece, particularly how it was edited and the color
What is your favorite food?
My mom's Sushi is the best!
Amir's Video Work
The Macklorettes: For The Town
The Macklorettes: Ep 1 and 2
Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NyPhGfZr8o
Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zhpbiEuUBg
Avery Rize | WOD 2012 Submission
Seattle Dunk Exchange (fashion, trade show)