“… Everything begins with story. For me, I’m much more interested in story than in character. I like stories that surprise me or show me something new, something I haven’t seen before, or something old but told in a brand new way.”
A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:
paleontologist or an animator for Disney. In fact, I was pursuing both careers and looking at colleges when TITANIC came out, and that changed everything. I watched as people went back to the theater to see this movie 3 or 4 or 5 times, and I decided then that I wanted to make movies that affected people in the same way. So, I decided to become a filmmaker. I went to a summer session in filmmaking at the NC School of the Arts and learned more there than I did during my first few production classes in college. After graduating from UNC, I had an internship in Hollywood at Scott Free under director Ridley Scott (ALIEN, Blade Runner, Gladiator). I moved back to Charlotte when the internship ended, thinking I’d get a PA job, save some money, and move back to LA permanently, but it took 8 months before I was hired on a commercial, and things snowballed from there, so I started working on movies, television shows, reality shows, and commercials shot in the area. I’m still here, making short films when I can between paid jobs.
YOUR TRACK RECORD:
movies as a kid and bought me a camera when I decided to be a director. My mother who, despite avoiding those rated R when we were young, loved (and still loves) to go to the movies. Joan Darling, my directing teacher in college who directed famous episodes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and taught me to always “go for the monkey”.
“Zombie Hunters” at Dragon*Con down in Atlanta with a terrific audience response. The same goes for “Glory Days” during last year’s 48 Hr competition premiere where we won Best Writing, Best Acting, and the Audience Choice Award.
FILMS HAVE MADE PEOPLE LARGER THAN LIFE… YOUR THOUGHTS?
JUST FOR FUN
NOT TO GET POLITICAL BUT…
television shows. I know lots of crew members and acting talent who have made the move down to Atlanta and are finding success down there. I know Charlottebased filmmakers who are taking their productions down to Georgia or over to Kentucky. It’s a shame bc North Carolina had a great thing going on and they blew it. Our politicians gave it away to another state.