Right Brain: Ann Lukacs
Sometimes the most interesting people can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tucked away in a small suite above the Bank of the West in Breckenridge is artist Ann Lukacs of Blue River Productions.Lukacs has spent over 25 years in the movie industry as a cinematographer for major motion pictures. Along the way, she has also worked on her still photography and independent films. Her love for images started at a very young age.”If you look at photographs of when I was little I always had a camera in my hands,” she said. “It’s part of me … It’s how I see.”Following her passion for film, Lukacs began hanging around movie sets in the mid-70s. After apprenticing for a year for free, she became the first woman to be sworn into the Chicago Camera Local, a union for cinematographers, in 1977.”I was sworn in on my honor as a man,” she said.Union policies have since been updated.Lukacs has worked as a camera operator or assistant on major releases such as “Pirates of the Caribbean III,” “Groundhog Day,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Blues Brothers.”She has many fond memories, but working with John Belushi was one of the most memorable.”It was insane, definitely an experience,” Lukacs said, laughing. “It was an icon of our time.”
Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn are a few of the other stars that she has worked with.Lukacs also works behind the camera on her own independent films. In 2003 she released “Behind the Chutes,” a documentary that follows several professional bareback riders on the rodeo circuit in their quest for glory.For six years she toured the circuit, doing interviews and filming, focusing on the camaraderie and pride of the riders who dedicate themselves to the sport.The film earned seven awards for its accurate portrayal of the lifestyle.A longtime local, Lukacs has lived in Breckenridge for almost 30 years. She maintains her relationship with Hollywood through networking and contacts.Blue River Productions is her production service business helping companies find locations, crews, talent and other necessities here in the area.Recently, Lukacs was a location manager for the Warner Bros. film “The Bucket List.” She was given the task of finding a location similar to the top of Mount Everest, which she found at Arapahoe Basin.In the future Lukacs wants to continue her work on feature and independent films and hopes Blue River Productions keeps growing.What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?I would like to be able to devote more time to my art and have a really great studio to work in. Also, I want to be able to travel more and shoot the world as I go.
What does art give you/why do you do it?It gives me a chance to look at things in a new way. I find my solitude, peace and escape in it. It is how I express myself creatively. It gives me passion and calmness and allows me to go inside myself and create.What do you try to convey through your art?I don’t always have a preconceived mission of what I’m trying to say to others. I like to capture those moments in life that are constantly changing. I like to look for those special details, the little intricacies.What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?It is turning off my left brain so my right brain gets equal or more time. I sometimes have difficulty managing my time, which makes me feel overwhelmed. I forget to take time for myself and my art.What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?I have been very fortunate to have supporters of my work who have several pieces hanging in their home. That’s a huge compliment.
How do you stay fresh/motivated?Being around passionate people who are enjoying life and studying other people’s work. What do you do when you’re not making art?I like going skiing, being outdoors and horseback riding, but right now work seems to dominate my time.Ann LukacsType of Art: Filmmaker/ photographyPersonality: Extrovert with film. Introvert with photography.Hours per week dedicated to art: Anywhere from a few hours to 20 hours plus.Favorite artist/mentor: There are too many to mention. Just all the people that have helped me along the way in my career. It is constantly changing.Sensitivity (1-10): 9
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