Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
A: As a kid, I always tried different hobbies. Sports, musical instruments, drawing, painting, etc. I had no natural aptitude for any of them, and really struggled to improve (even with practice). In 6th grade I finally picked up my Mom’s digital camera and started editing short movies. It felt intuitive, exciting and incredibly satisfying to do, and I knew immediately that film is the best way I can express myself creatively. I started to further experiment with visual effects, sound design, and more, and eventually filmmaking became my number one hobby, and something I’ve decided to pursue professionally.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
A: My submission to the EFP, Shadows, is a short psychological horror/thriller film I wrote and directed for a class called “Video Production II” at Colorado Film School. It was selected for the Fall 2018 CFS Student Show at Harkins Theatre, as well as the CFS “Production II Show” which also took place at the Bug Theatre.
Q: What else are you working on?
A: I’m currently editing my final senior film at CFS, called The Truth. It’s a crime thriller about a hostage negotiation situation, featuring a real-life police department and SWAT team.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
A: As someone who struggles with some pretty intense depression and anxiety, I’m fascinated by the difference in perspective of reality between people who struggle with mental illness versus those who do not, and this has been a source of inspiration for my recent films.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
A: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6qvlBpMA3BYNBOycY8W6w/videos?view_as=subscriber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tyler.eaton.393950Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tylereaton222/?hl=en
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
A: I’m just so grateful that this program exists. Not only does it allow Denver filmmakers to showcase our work, it can also give so many of us that first little “festival” experience which inspires filmmakers (both those whose films are screened, and those who attend) to step up and get more films made and out into the world!
Shadows will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, January 16th at The Bug Theatre.