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“… 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.”

Chris Baker

 

 

A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:

Filmmaking Specialty: Writer/Director/Editor
# Years Experience: I made my first movies as a kid, often for class projects, but if we’re going to be technical, I’ve been working in the industry for ten years now.
A little about your journey as a filmmaker: As stated, I made movies as a kid but always thought I’d grow up to be a
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.
Equipment You Use on Typical Project: Whatever I can get my hands on.
Majority of Recent Projects: Short films, mostly, though I’ve been working on spec spots to try and get hired as a commercial director.

 

YOUR TRACK RECORD:

Largest Project: “The Locked Combination
Notable Mentors: My father, who let us watch Rrated
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”.
Notable Projects: “Glory Days”,”Zombie Hunters”
Festival Screenings/Awards: I’m pretty bad at remembering to submit my films to festivals, but we had a great time with
“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?

Your favorite famous person and why their influence improves our world: Spielberg bc his stories haves influenced me all my life, showing me the good side of life and what is possible if we just believe.
Your least favorite famous person and aspects of their life which you hope never influence others: Kim Kardashian. Just a waste of space, and the focus on her and her family hurts all of us.

 

JUST FOR FUN

The importance of story. Story is key. 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.
The last film you watched before you knew you wanted to make films? James Cameron’s TITANIC
Who are the best filmmakers alive? Spielberg, of course. He’s the master. There’s also Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, David Fincher, Alfonso Cuaron… A decade ago I would have said M. Night Shyamalan, but he took a bad turn, didn’t he?

 

NOT TO GET POLITICAL BUT…

Thoughts on how film benefits a city?

How has social media changed the business of film? It’s easier to find funding for a film through Kickstarter and IndieGogo, but it’s harder to make a film that resonates with studios and distribution companies. They have even more crap to wade through before finding the diamonds in the rough.
What have you seen as the affects of losing the NC Film Incentives? There are no movies being made here anymore, no
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.
Film = Jobs..?  Explain. If you don’t understand that simple phrase, then you’re already lost and just don’t get it.
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