Behind the scenes of 'Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You'
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: All right, what can I say? The greatest thrill of my life is standing behind that microphone with you guys behind me. Let's do it.
THOM ZIMNY: To capture the environment of the studio, I had to have as little cameras as possible. I didn't want to make a giant footprint, I wanted to be part of the environment and just not stand out. The primary thing was to see if I could capture this magical thing called, The E Street Band, creating with Bruce, the band leader.
So I had only three cameras. I had everyone dressed dark. And I really didn't direct it. I didn't direct it to have any sequences or didn't ask anyone to do anything over.
BRUCE SRINGSTEEN: All right, E Streeters, let's do this thing.
THOM ZIMNY: I didn't realize how much of a film I had until I started watching it in the Edit room. Because when you're in the moment, you're just trying to keep up. And with Bruce, there's so many surprises. It's moments of capturing him directing the band, and moments of the band looking at each other and literally talking to each other during the take with their eyes.
Bruce making fun of their history or joking with the band. Moments of tension, moments conflict. Moments of pure creative energy of the band coming together and sharing in arranging or ideas, musical ideas.