A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:
Filmmaking Specialty: Post-production, Digital Media Management
# Years Experience: 6
A little about your journey as a filmmaker: The phrase “my journey” can lead one to write generic platitudes, so I’ll keep things succinct. Went to film school: Western Carolina University. Five Years Later: Throwing myself into projects across the Carolinas, learning from every location shoot and editing session. Producing content for local clients in WNC, my own stuff for the delight of the Internet. Journey Status: On-going.
Equipment You Use on Typical Project: Canon T3i, Tascam Audio Recorder, MacBook Pro (Adobe Premiere, After Effects)
Majority of Recent Projects: Reality, Web Series
Notable Clients: Asheville Tourism, Special Olympics Wilkes County, Wilkesboro Baptist Church
YOUR TRACK RECORD:
Largest Project: NatGeo TV’s “Doomsday Castle” (as Media Manager)
Notable Mentors: Terry Curtis Fox, John Litschke, James Suttles
Notable Projects: “Toddy & Deano’s Keeping It Tight Tour”, “The Kirk Show”
Festival Screenings/Awards: ConCarolinas Short Film Festival 2015, 48 Hour Film Project
JUST FOR FUN
A recent a ha moment: If the aim is to get millions of Facebook Likes and “go viral,” I’ve lost the point. The far greater priority is to develop my “voice” and present a point-of-view that I can stand behind.
The next exciting thing. Some folks I’ve worked with are in the midst of creating a one-stop shop for independent film resources called IndieFilm.org. They will feature a range of contributors from the local industry covering every step of the process from script to screen: articles, interviews, and documents available for indie film crews across the country.
The importance of story. Story is one of the few things that gets passed down for millennia. It’s above the language barrier, too. It’s EXPERIENCE in a streamlined, digestible package. In films, often confused with an excess of plot.
The last film you watched before you knew you wanted to make films? I turned 13 in 2001, which was a pretty good year to discover films that were very different from the mainstream fare I grew up with. That’s when the idea crystallized that there were people with a vision who made what I saw on screen. “Donnie Darko” (wr/dir Richard Kelly), “Memento” (wr/dir Christopher Nolan), “Mulholland Drive” (wr/dir David Lynch).
Who are the best filmmakers alive? Some of the best filmmakers are now making television. Call your local cable & Internet provider.