How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?
Films have always been a big part of my life. In middle school I drew a lot, a lot of comics and actually made the panels and characters, I’d say then it was all about telling a great story.
What is your favorite part about the short film form?
Short Film form is great for that “shock” value storytelling. It helps you take out scenes that you may not need, or fillers, and allows you to have mainly the essentials for films. Not to say that feature form isn’t great (I can’t wait for the day I have that opportunity) but short form teaches you a lot about pacing.
Who were the people that supported the making of this film?
Mainly the cast. The star Ron Cason and I spitball film ideas all day. We’ve been doing this for seven years now. But Introspection particularly came about about after seeing Interstellar for a second time, then we started talking about “life after death”, “purgatory”, and “self awareness”. A lot of our ideas start of with one of us saying “What if…”
What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.
Adobe Premiere CC, right now a Canon T3i but I am saving up for a Sony A7sii, it looks so sweet, Video Rode Mic, I actually scored Introspection myself using GarageBand, but I am always looking for new scorers and up and coming bands to feature music. The main resource I use, is imagination. Nothing like figuring out how a scene is going to work or not work, on the day of when you are actually filming. Ex: The cracked window in Introspection was already there but we wrote it into the script, and has meaning to the story.
What is your next project?
As of now, I have four shorts on the menu for 2016, all ranging in genres, the first is diving back into sci-fi, which is always tough to do on low budget. But everything will kick off as soon as I get the new camera.
The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?
The power of independent films keep me motivated. It’s difficult but the fact that there is a “Independent” section on Netflix and it’s filled with true jewels of film, there is a lot of hope. Directors making a buzz worthy indie film and then being asked to direct tentpoles like Jurassic Park or Star Wars is what keeps me going. It’s going in a very interesting direction because now with technology it’s not as elite as before. I mean a whole film was shot on the iPhone 5s and premiered at Sundance. Technology seems to really bring out a sense of creativity that wasn’t conceivable before.
Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?
I go through phases, my top directors always change but mainly Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Chris Nolan, James Gunn, JJ Abrams, Scorsese, Satoshi Kon, Tarantino, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and that’s just directors, I always change it up and study different films, especially when I’m writing.
What advice would you give new filmmakers?
Maintain your vision. I’ve seen a few short films lately and they seem bland. No one has a real sense of showmanship and film is the ultimate place you should have that. Your shot should be your vision, if possible never settle.
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