Scott is a filmmaker, with his first submission to a film festival in the spring of 2018. He created a short for the Fortnight Film Contest, submitted it, and was accepted as the second round of films. Even though it was his first and it was a short, he figured better now then never. “Ya got to get your foot in the door, and start somewhere!”, he said.
Ever since he was 9 years old, he would create little scenery sets with rocks, dirt, and chunks of bark. These mini sets, would add a lifelike scenery for himself and friends, while they played with Hotwheels.
He was always intrigued by the camera, and owned a few still photo cameras; the first, being a simple Kodak 110, and later, in high school, a Pentax K1000. His father would often show family movies, that were filmed with Super 8 (8mm film). From then on, he was always intrigued my the way motion picture was made. Years went on, and video was introduced, being VHS and later Beta, which ended up losing in the end. Although he never had a video camera, he wanted to get a black and white video camera, by Fisher Price, called PXL 2000. The camera was priced around $200. He can remember riding his bike for miles, to Toys R Us, just to look at it through the glass case.
In 1990, his junior year of high school, he signed up for drama class. Although, shy, and had extreme stage freight, he decided it was time to train his mind and get over it. He soon realized, it wasn’t so bad, enjoyed every bit of it. The following year, he signed for another term, as well as a photography class.
In 1994, he auditioned for a play called “Elves and The Shoemaker”, at River Walk Theater, a local theater. He got the part as a “Mayors Attendant” and a “Townsperson”. He did well & enjoyed it so much, he wanted to try for another.
In 1995, he auditioned for “Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood”, at Spotlight Theater, Grand Ledge. He got the part as “Birdie Johnson”, the Butler. He did awesome in that as well, and decided acting was something he really liked.
Film was just beyond the horizon, and constantly on his mind, he just never had the equipment or money.
He worked at a billboard from 1992-98, drawing and designing billboards. He enjoyed art, and decided it was time to go back to school. He still had drama & acting on the mind, but knew that alone wouldn’t get him a job.
Later on, video cameras were made with better resolution, and were cheaper to purchase. One day, he picked up a "Sony 8mm CCD" camera from a university surplus. A year later, he purchased a brand new "Sharp Hi8" video camera, and made a few shorts with his friend, but never had the editing software to complete a film. It was just something to watch on the television, in hopes to one day get to that point.
In 2005, he graduated, and got a job at Dart Container, as a technical illustrator. Six years later, he realized he was getting nowhere.
In 2013, Michigan was booming with the movie industry, as many large companies got hefty tax breaks. He decided this might be the perfect opportunity to throw in the towel, and get his foot in the film industry.
He tried out for the movie “Transformers”, with DreamWorks. He drove to Detroit, auditioned, and was selected as an extra. A week later, his agent sent him an email, saying they had chosen too many people.
In 2015, he had another chance, this time it was with Warner Brothers. The film was “Batman v Superman”. Again, he drove to Detroit, met with the casting directors etc., then was told to come back the next day for costume fitting. He was overwhelmed seeing everything, from a 55’ green screen, amazing cameras & equipment, the actors, and learned the whole process. He immediately knew, it was something he wanted to do. It was also, a tool he would later use in his own films.
In 2016, he got another break with a new show called “Detroiters”, Comedy Central.
He was chosen as an “Awards Attendee” and “Winner”. It was a small part, but he killed it, and the director liked it so much, he personally chose him to be a part of the scene, center stage. ...He finally got to be in the "action".
In 2017, he decided to finally write his first film, called “The Coin”, which will start production spring 2019.
In the spring of 2018, he decided to enter a local film festival contest, called “The Fortnight Film Contest”, for the Capital City Film Festival. He didn’t have a film ready for the actual film festival, so he figured “why not try for this?” ...”It’s the first step!”
Films could not exceed 10 minutes, which his was only 6:33 long. It was submitted & accepted, and shown the last day of the festival. He was amazed that everyone laughed and enjoyed it. He believes, that this was just a step in the right direction. The spark to not only keep him going, but to create many more, and enter as many film festivals as he can. He hopes to get awards & recognition. A good friend recently told him, it only takes one to get noticed.