Friday, September 24, 2010

Neil Lisk

Neil, an exceptional person. Truly. Kind, hard working, funny, dedicated, loving husband and father. A gentle soul. His talent as an artist, unparalleled. Rare it is to know someone who actually makes those around him better people. Not by any conscious effort, but by simply being humble, real, and true. One could not help but be the best they could in his presence. First to arrive, last to leave, no aspect of anything ever being ‘beneath’ him. He believed in others. A major facilitator in manifesting dreams. Light, angles, blocking, set ups, movement, depth effortlessly kept in his head. Multiple jobs unbelievably executed simultaneously. Never letting pettiness or ‘politics’ get in the way of larger goals. Kind and patient with anyone struggling, kept his opinions only for ears who needed to hear. Everything he worked on was better because of his monumental talent, everything. Thought the world of his wife and daughter. Genuinely cared about creating meaningful art. Always gave 100%, always. Intense and focused, yet finder of just the right moment to be light and joking. A true friend. He would never let you down. Fragile at times, with moments of frustration, worry, and doubt. Always believing one could do anything one set ones mind to. An influence and shining example in his craft, art, caring family life, and attitude toward life. Not a day will go by where someone does not think about Neil and smile, for every life he touched, for the rest of their life. 
I was fortunate and blessed to direct his first feature and his last. Neil Lisk, a wonderful presence to forever ponder upon, irreplaceable on every conceivable level of what it is to be human. I love you :)

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