I worked with Meryl Streep!

by Ryan McFaul

I shot this simple piece as part of a live show for Lewis Black’s May 5th Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser at Lincoln Center. The video opened the stage show and led into a music and dance sequence that ultimately introduced Lewis Black on stage. I’ve included the first cue below, although there was a second cue that integrated with the dancers and live music. That’s veteran Joe Grifasi playing alongside. Working with Meryl was thrilling! Not surprisingly she was lovely and effortless to direct.

We brought a guitarist and drummer into the soundstage and recorded the music live off camera: no playback needed. That allowed us develop the song quickly and organically. And for those who know my work well, these backgrounds might remind you of something… hmmm.