Was this your first Doc Challenge? What has been your favorite part about Fusion Doc Challenge?
This was my second Doc Challenge. My favorite part was pairing up with the film’s director and co-producer Greg Carlson.
How did you take the theme for the 2014 Doc Challenge “I have a bad feeling about this,” and morph it into your film?
When we met the three senior members of the team, through their interviews we learned that the upcoming game would possibly be the last game of their careers in volleyball. In their situation it was easy to be pessimistic, and we felt that supported the theme really well.
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Godzilla. Super hero cartoons. Playing with my dad’s camcorder and a bunch of action figures. Making movies was just fun!
What is your favorite part about the short film form?
Who were the people that supported the making of this film?
The team’s head coach Tim Mosser was absolutely crucial in granting us access to this story, and the team itself was really cool and really comfortable in front of the cameras. And our own filmmaking team was awesome! Jason Gronvold, Justin Kavlie, Matt McGregor, Kensie Wallner and Jesse Hoheisel.
What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.
My day job is in television production, so I have a really great amount of access to gear, and know a lot of really talented people who also love working on movies. Editing is typically done on my own system at home.
What is your next project?
Wait and see!
The independent film business is growing. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?
If I’m able to scrape by with enough to live doing the thing I love, then that’s all that matters. As far as where the industry is going to go, that’s really a question about the delivery mechanism of media, and I think we’re already there. All content is basically on demand. How artists are able to monetize that effectively is still being worked out. I really like what Don Hertzfeldt is doing over at Vimeo.
Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?
“How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Everything you need to know about image composition and pacing, you’ll find right there.
What advice would you give new filmmakers?
Just make movies all the time. Even if they suck. Keep making them.
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