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 the other 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. It was then, he become even more interested in how the process of a film was made. Although he never had a video camera, he wanted to get a black and white PXL 2000 video camera, by Fisher Price. 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, his senior year, he signed for another term.
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.
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. Although he enjoyed art, he decided it was time he went back to school. He didn’t pursue film, instead he stuck to art. He still had drama & acting on the mind, but knew that alone wouldn’t get him a job.
In 2005, he graduated, and got a job at Dart Container, as a technical illustrator. He later became bored with it, and wanted to find something else.
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 get into the film industry.
He tried out for the movie “Transformers”, with DreamWorks. He drove to Detroit, auditioned, and got selected as an extra for the film. He knew, even though he was only chosen as an “Extra”, he could at least get a true “Behind The Scenes” experience. That alone, was a tool he could use for years to come. 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. and was fitted for costume. He seen everything, from a 55’ green screen, the amazing cameras & equipment, the actors, and learned the whole process. He knew it was something he wanted to do.
In 2016, he again got a break with a new show called “Detroiters”, Comedy Central.
He was chosen as an “Awards Attendee” and “Winner”. He finally got to be in the action, and was center stage. It was a small part, but killed it, and the director like it.
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, and 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.