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“In 2014, I shut down my I.T. consulting business and assisted my significant other by writing for her marketing business. I continued podcasting and improvising. I also audition for, and got on, a 48 HFP team (thank you, Earnest Eich!). At the end of the screenings that year, I turned to my spouse and said, “I can do that. I want to have my own team next year.””

A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:

A little about your journey as a filmmaker:

I took out all the individual questions, as they were all going to be some derivation of “Not Applicable.” I have never made a
film, nor participated in filmmaking outside of last year’s 48HFP as a last minute addition. This year, I put together a team for my own 48 HFP entry. This is my story.In the summer of 2012, I was working a freelance I.T. consultant, trying to ride out the Great Recession in a career I hated, catching odd jobs helping businesses turn around tech projects that had gone south. I also turned 40 that year, and told my family they must absolutely not throw any kind of party. Why bother?

In the Spring of 2013, as part of a mutual dare with a friend, I took a Beginner Improv class with Charlotte Comedy Theater. It was…different. I went on to take the Intermediate and then the Advanced classes. That Fall, at 41, I performed my first improv show to a packed house. I’ve been performing most weekends since. Also that Fall, I started my first podcast (which is still going).

In 2014, I shut down my I.T. consulting business and assisted my significant other by writing for her marketing business. I continued podcasting and improvising. I also audition for, and got on, a 48 HFP team (thank you, Earnest Eich!). At the end of the screenings that year, I turned to my spouse and said, “I can do that. I want to have my own team next year.”

Thus far, my team in composed entirely of cast and students from Charlotte Comedy Theater (although we may bring on some technical additions), armed with two beliefs: (1) that we can and should try our hand at just about anything storytelling related, and (2) all great films start with great characters.

While we fully intend to make a technically sound film, our primary goals are to tell an interesting story and to do something
we’ve never tried before.

 

FILMS HAVE MADE PEOPLE LARGER THAN LIFE…:

Your favorite famous person and why their influence improves our world? Tina Fey, for doing more than anyone over the past 15 years to bring smart comedy back to the forefront.
Least famous person and aspects of their life which you hope never influences others? Whoever invented reality TV shows.

 

JUST FOR FUN

A recent a ha moment: “Take on Me” was playing at the BiLo
a couple of weeks ago, right as I was in the freezer section. Wild.
The next exciting thing. I wrote the pilot episode for a TV comedy this Spring. I plan on turning into a web series if it doesn’t get any attraction from studios, using the experience from the 48 HFP as a springboard.
The importance of story. This is why I decided to put together my own team. After watching the entries from last year’s screenings, I saw that the best films had simple stories with interesting characters and, most importantly, great relationships. Whatever the technical merits of our entry, I hope that we will have told a great story.
The last film you watched before you knew you wanted to make films? The “time travel” short film from last year’s screening, which I thought was brilliant!
Who are the best filmmakers alive? Francis Ford Coppola

 

NOT TO GET POLITICAL BUT…

Thoughts on how film benefits a city? Not being intimately involved in filmmaking, I’m not especially opinionated on this issue. Except to say that Charlotte has for too long lived in the cultural shadow of the banks. We have the capacity to become a thriving Arts community with original works of live and recorded performances. A real destination that adds significant value to the quality of life for the people of the Charlotte area.
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