Adam J. Minnick is a cinematographer who served as a juror for the 2017 Denver Film Festival. He was also the Director of Photography for Actor Martinez, a movie I first became aware of when I interviewed the film’s directors, Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, two years ago at Denver Film Festival.
Adam is a beautiful soul who seems to be doing, career-wise, exactly what he wants to be doing. That’s someone I’m always keen to talk to. He can pinpoint the moment when he realized his passion, tells a great story about it, and can philosophize about his work in a way that few I’ve ever talked to can. Combine that with deep discussion about technique and craftsmanship, and what you’ve got is just a tremendous episode of the podcast all the way around.
And lest you think the two of us are precious assholes about any of this, let me dissuade you from that notion right now. Adam is funny and cool and loose, and we spend a good chunk of this episode talking about music covering everything from The Ramones to Rush to The White Stripes to Aretha Franklin. I was sick as a dog when I recorded this with Adam, but for the hour or so I spent with him, I forgot I was sick and lost myself in a conversation I’m thrilled I get to share with you.