1. What was your first filmmaking project? How did you feel about it then? How do you feel about it now?
Filmmaking has not been a steady progression, really. It's been more of an oozing. I think the first project was when I was in high school, where I ended up helping out some friends in their A/V class project. We had an old Sony black-and-white reel-to-reel, and no editing capability, so it was really raw, but we had special effects and fun camera angles, and the teacher was really impressed. I was hooked. It was incredibly amateurish, but holds a glimmer of something that I can still appreciate.
Most recently, I was an extra on Mallrats, Feeling Minnesota, and did stand-in duty on Dairy Queens (Drop Dead Gorgeous), which was more an exercise in watching how big filmmaking companies made movies. I also worked on various other short film projects for other people, which led me to understand that there were things that I wanted to try for myself. After an opportunity arose to start a video production company partnership, I leaped. The company crashed, and I bought out the capital equipment investment.
2. Why marmots?
Serendipity. Or synchronicity, whichever you believe. When it became obvious to me that the equipment and experience that I had accumulated put me in a position to start my own studio entity, and Barb and I were talking about names, we were suddenly inundated with marmots. The one that finally decided it was an episode of Northern Exposure where somebody's cabin was invaded by marmots.
3. What is your dream project? What do you think is the single biggest obstacle between you and your dream project?
Dream project is a little nebulous. In the near term, I want to make a really resounding feature film. Something akin to May or 28 days later. Knowing that I still have quite a bit of work to do on commercials and short films before I have the cojones to do it. But it is an inevitability.
The longer term is a little more difficult. I really want to have a working studio facility, with a real sound stage, as well as the success to go with it. In the way is certainly a lack of money, but also a lack of confidence in my abilities to pull it off.
4. You find a lamp and a genie pops out. He grants you a wish -- anything you want. What would you wish for (aside from more wishes)?
Altruistic: world peace without opression.
Selfish: to have enough money so that I never had to worry about having to make a living again.
5. When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don't think I had an idea at 10. Probably a radio DJ. Which I've already done.
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