Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background?
My name is Matthew Levin. I am 17 years old from Escondido, California. I began making films when I was 10 years old. I have worked on school films, as well as my own passion projects and I recently had the opportunity to work with the sound department on a made-for-TV movie.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am in post production on a short film entitled Aharai.
What do you want the audience to take away from your films?
I want the audience to be inspired and thought provoked about different topics going on in the world around us.
What’s your favorite story from filmmaking?
One time I was working on a shoot in Los Angeles and an actor named Michael Fairman walked over to craft services where I was standing. Michael has been a character actor for years on every thing from General Hospital to Sons Of Anarchy and I was aware of this. As he walked over to the table I complemented him on a line he had said in the previous scene. After this he looked up at me and said “Sound… Right?” To which I fan boy’d in my head that he had identified me with the unit I was working with.
What are your wildest dreams for your filmmaking career?
I would like to direct a feature film in Los Angeles.
What currently inspires you?
I am inspired by real stories about real people. Being Jewish, I am inspired by stories of the Holocaust and Israel as well as other minorities.
What’s your best advice for an aspiring filmmaker?
Don’t give up and try to find ways to show what you love. Reach out to like-minded individuals, go to camps, find what inspires you and tell your story.
Follow Mathews career on The Audience Awards where you can view and vote for United We Are San Pasqual: The Rise Of The Fighting Eagles currently featured in the Live Action Shorts competition.
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