PRESS: “Getting The Perfect TIFF Shot” –

September 21, 2011 By Richard Leave a Comment

I was excited to cover the Toronto International Film Festival for Cadillac again this year. Our @Festivalinsider social media program has grown so that I was asked by several major news outlets to interview about my TIFF experiences. When reporter Manori Ravindran called about wanting to learn more about what photographers go through covering the Festival – I was happy to give my two cents. I liked the piece she wrote and was especially happy to see my Madonna shot (that I worked damn hard to get!) lead off the piece.

Richard Budman has one big regret.

Three years ago, the photographer was taking a break between TIFF press conferences at the Sutton Place Hotel when a car pulled up next to his.

“Think we should shoot that?” Budman asked his colleague.

“Nah, it’s the cast of some small Indian movie,” replied the other photographer.

That day, Budman didn’t take a single shot of the cast from Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s sleeper that would go on to win the festival’s People Choice Award and, ultimately, Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards.

“It was the biggest mistake,” he says.

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