Then yesterday I went to the studio of Gottfried Helnwein, an amazing Austrian artist who is currently designing a piece for the LA Opera. Gottfried's studio was filled with enormous paintings of ancient fetuses and portraits of Marilyn Manson. I showed him some of my short films and then pitched him The 1 Second Film.It was hard to get a sense of his reaction, he was supportive of the idea but isn't really the kind of man you can get an easy read of. But he did come on board as a $5 Associate Producer, which is his first producing credit. I also invited him to consider directing a frame of THE 2nd SECOND FILM, either in New York or Afghanistan. He is the first person I have offered a frame of the sequel to direct. But being a very hands on artist, the idea of thousands of people working on his painting was definately foreign to him and something he wanted to think about a little longer. I also asked Gottfried what moment he would choose if he had to reduce his life to one perfect moment that only lasted a second, and make a film out of it. Gottfried replied, "A moment of absolute horror." I think that was his sense of humor. We all laughed a bit, but I couldn't help but wonder what that moment would depict.