“I started by accidentally taking an “acting for the camera” class in college, I ended up being an extra on a film and from there I continued to do more extra work and student projects before deciding I was better behind the camera instead of in front of the camera.”
A little about your journey as a filmmaker: I started by accidentally taking an “acting for the camera” class in college, I ended up being an extra on a film and from there I continued to do more extra work and student projects before deciding I was better behind the camera instead of in front of the camera.
Equipment You Use on Typical Project:
Majority of Recent Projects: Mainly short films and a few music videos
YOUR TRACK RECORD:
Largest Project: Miner’s Mountain
Notable Projects: The Visitor, Miner’s Mountain
Festival Screenings/Awards: I plan for “Miner’s Mountain” and “The Visitor” to be screened in future festivals. “The Visitor”, My Rode Reel comp. 2015 winner for “Best Acting”, Finalist for “Best Cinematography”, “Judges BTS”, “Judges Choice”
FILMS HAVE MADE PEOPLE LARGER THAN LIFE… YOUR THOUGHTS?
Your favorite famous person and why their influence improves our world: I really like Matt Damon’s ONEXONE Foundation, I’ve always felt feeding children in need is great but his focus is on feeding children in this county first and I feel we need to take care of our own first and foremost.
Your least favorite famous person and aspects of their life which you hope never influence others: I am in no position to judge somebody’s character but I feel everyone has something positive to give the world.
JUST FOR FUN
A recent a ha moment:
The next exciting thing. The plan is to shoot a feature in the next year.
The importance of story. Story is everything because without story there is no film. You have to have character and situations that people can relate to in order to make the audience feel the emotions that you’re aiming for and believe the story you’re telling.
The last film you watched before you knew you wanted to make films? I am not exactly sure of the last film I watched before I knew I wanted to make films but “Shutter Island”, “Public Enemy” and “Pulp Fiction” is the types of films I see myself making in the future.
Who are the best filmmakers alive? I personally like the way Quentin Tarantino tells a story, the artistic vision of Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan’s style of writing
NOT TO GET POLITICAL BUT…
Thoughts on how film benefits a city? Film benefits a city in numerous ways by boosting the economy. If there is a production in town, they have to hire a crew; the crew needs accommodations such as food, hotels, etc. If it’s consistent work many of those people choose to live here which also brings more money to the economy. Film also brings notoriety and attention to a city. For instance, they have tours in Wilmington, taking tourist around to different filming locations of popular movies
How has social media changed the business of film? It allows everybody to be seen. You have people who get noticed and recognized who may not have otherwise.
What have you seen as the affects of losing the NC Film Incentives? I’ve noticed a lot of people I’ve talked to in the Film Industry have been forced to move to Atlanta and New Orleans, cities such as that who have gained film and TV production due to the fact that their states have incentives and North Carolina does not.
Film = Jobs..? Explain. The Film Industry is big business and creates jobs from the Filmmakers to the Theater Attendants. It is an economic engine that brings new jobs to communities around the world. The contributions made to other businesses from the film industry create jobs as well. The loss of film incentives affects more than just the filmmakers. It affects small business and big businesses alike.