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Meet the Filmmaker: Grant Worden, “Poetic Burden”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: I am attempting to become a writer/director/producer (filmmaker) in order to have the freedom, knowledge, and power to create a story. I would like to create journeys, characters, and worlds that people can wake up and run around in. Film/video is a powerful tool, I have only scratched the surface on how to use it in my own upside-down-backward-sort-of way. I enjoy the team aspect of the film industry and will continue to write and direct passionate stories.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Poetic Burden is a Ghimself Productions and Burning Script Pictures 2018 Denver 48-Hour Film Project submission. Our entire film was written, shot, edited in 48-hours (Friday evening -Sunday afternoon). This sleepless weekend challenges your team’s drive as filmmakers, yet also empowers your team to create. Poetic Burden, follows a crippled sheriff’s code when he learns his daughter is being held, hostage.

With this family-like cast of Eric Tausch, Dalena Nguyen, Matt Fellers, Julia Winstead, and a multi-talented crew, I am proud to call “Poetic Burden” my Victor, Colorado Western.

2018 48-Hour Film Project Parameters:

  • Randomly Selected Genre – “Western”
  • Prop – “a stuffed wallet”
  • Line of Dialogue – “Stop copying me”
  • Main Character’s name – “Ruby or Rubin Starr”

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I currently work as a Production Assistant and 1st AD in the commercial, narrative, and documentary film industry here in Denver. I am fortunate enough to work here in Colorado and all over the United States. Between those jobs, I am writing and rewriting original feature and television screenplays. Beyond commercial client projects and wedding videography, this Summer marks our team’s 4th 48-Hour Film Project year. It will be fun to “up the production value” this year and continue to create.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: Not weird, but the best part of the production… filming in the mountain town of Victor, Colorado. It was a wonderful traveling experience due to the filming location, The (run-down and abandoned) Black Monarch Hotel run by Timber Smalls. The old historic hotel has since been remodeled!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!

Our August filming date helped us lock down this amazing, creepy, and dated location. The “Western” feel would not have come through without Timber Smalls and that abandoned hotel. The locals of Victor were friendly and accommodating. There were multiple helping hands who just wanted to be involved and understand the process. I have known a film set to bring people together quickly and our time in Victor, CO was unforgettable. Thank you to everyone who was involved.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: Thank you for the follow / clicking around. Feel free to reach out and connect, collaboration is key!

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: The Emerging Filmmakers Project has been a great supporter of my work as well as fellow filmmakers, colleagues, and creatives, it is my “home theatre.”
I cannot explain how much I appreciate participating in the monthly EFP event. The Bug Theatre, in general, is a hub of comedy and drama works. One of my favorite aspects of the EFP is, the evening invites filmmakers to share their work, behind the scenes stories, camera suggestions, production secrets, as well as offers a chance to reflect on the writing/character process. Cheers to more to come!

Poetic Burden will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, June 20th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden & Shannon Malloy, “Losing Faith”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: I want to say cinema found me due to the fact it took me a while to fall into film production, script writing, and editing techniques. But, all through my childhood, high school and university years, I found myself using unconventional creative to complete assignments and stand out. Sometimes these creatives solutions came in the form of doodles, poetry, shorts stories, song lyrics, radio programming, sports photography or video production. I became a filmmaker to give my characters, worlds, and scripts the respect and dedication they deserve. Being collaborative while making films helps dyslexic things read right-side-up and loud places seem quiet.  

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere?
GW:  You are watching a Colorado Film School 2016 production Losing Faith. I had the pleasure of co-writing and directing. A lot of talented individuals went into making this film. Thank you to a stellar cast & crew, without your dedication these viewings wouldn’t be possible.

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I have always enjoyed the question, “So, what’s next?” Writing-wise, I am dedicating 2019 to submitting original works to various writing competitions. I work as a production assistant on local and out-of-state commercial, narrative, and documentary film sets. Collaboration is always welcome – reach out!

Q: Where can people go to see more of your work?
GW: Website: Ghimselfproductions.com Social: Instagram – Grant Worden Social: Twitter – Grant WordenPress: Ondenver.com Taylor Herzog ArticlePress: EFP Meet the Filmmaker Jan 2019

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or EFP?
GW: This is the first time Losing Faith, Shannon and I have been able to be apart of the EFPalooza. Thank you again for all your hard work,  I enjoy the Bug Theatre’s events and have been attending EFP since 2016. It is always a humbling experience to see your name printed in the program and on screen. Thank you to all the people at the Bug as well as the board of directors responsible for coordinating this event. Having the stage and opportunity to discuss the production and stories behind the story is my favorite aspect of the EFPalooza / EFP community.

Shannon Malloy

Q: why did you become a filmmaker?
SM: I’m in love with being a storyteller and visually have always been captivated by telling stories on screen. I’ve always thrived while escaping into different worlds, and I think sometimes we as humans need that. I hope that by producing work as a writer and an actor that I can provide that escape for someone else.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere?
SM: We’ll be seeing Losing Faith which I got to co-write and star in. This is such a special film to me because I wrote it for my mom, which was the best way I knew how to thank her for raising me to be a strong and faithful woman. I’m so blessed that we got to produce a film full of everything I value. It was a beautiful ride.
It’s previously screened and was Honorably Mentioned in the One-Reeler Film Festival which was awesome. I’m so proud to share it and to have it well received is an honor.

Q: What else are you working on?
SM: I’m actually an actress who lives in LA so I’m focusing on getting work there and staying busy while my husband is deployed.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you/your movie?
SM: I’m an Army Wife! My husband and I were engaged for 11 days before we got married last New Year’s Eve (2018) and people often think it’s so bizarre that our lifestyles don’t clash but we make it work really well. He is such a big supporter of my career and my very best friend. I am truly blessed.

Q: Where can people go to see more of your work?
SM: Check out my website shannonmalloyofficial or look me up on YouTube, Backstage, IMDB and Instagram. You can also email me: shannonmalloy07@gmail.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or EFP?
SM: This is such an awesome festival held in Colorado! I’m so glad it’s continuing to flourish and to be welcomed back. Thank you for representing Colorado Film! I hope it continues to grow and prosper.

Losing Faith will screen Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Narrative & Documentary Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden and Kyle Homan, “Open Mic Night”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: Film kind of found me. I was the kid at the sleepover who was up last, finishing the movie. No matter the circumstances or number of times I’ve watched something, I have to see the end. Even last week, I stayed up way too late, just to make sure the ending of Braveheart hadn’t changed. When the film’s story and characters have that mesmerizing superpower, you cannot help but watch, relate and empathize. I love cinema due to the worlds they create, and I want to give my characters their own worlds.
KH: I’ve always loved telling stories, and in my opinion, film is the perfect way to tell a story. For the audience, it’s such an experiential piece of art that we as filmmakers get to play with, from conveying emotion through color to manipulating pacing and tone through editing. Make someone look badass with a low angle shot, bring a tear to someone’s eye with a swelling score. What drew me in as an audience member, the all-enveloping feeling you can get from watching a movie, is what keeps me making them.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Premiering publicly for the first time is Open Mic Night. This Colorado Film School 2018 production follows the ups and downs of a local bar’s last open mic night. Have a laugh, cry, or another round between the various patron’s performances. This love letter to dingy dive bars aims to sheds light on these smaller creative stages, and those pulled toward the open microphone.
KH: While we did get a chance to screen this film for cast and crew in the bar we filmed at, this is the first time we’re showing Open Mic Night to a public audience. We’re really hoping to get MC Manny’s story in front of as many eyes as we can, and to share the idea that you should always keep playing, regardless of who’s watching!

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I have always enjoyed the question, “So, what’s next?” There are always a handful of creative projects in the pipeline. Writing-wise, I am dedicating 2019 to submitting original works to various writing competitions. I am also a writer/photographer/videographer for ondenver.com and aboutboulder.com. When I’m not writing, I work as a production assistant on local and out-of-state commercial, narrative, and documentary film sets. I am a freelancer for hire, fusing my advertising and film backgrounds together. My production company is also crowd funding for our next film production. More fun news to come!
KH: Grant and I are constantly mulling over potential upcoming projects. This year, we’re making a goal for ourselves to complete a 1-minute short film each month to explore different genres and shooting styles. Personally, I’m always working to build my brand, and to strengthen personal and professional relationships with the awesome filmmakers and videographers I get to work with at Lumenati Productions and Burning Script Pictures.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: One of the major quirks of set was the egregious call times and shooting schedule. Working around the bar’s closed hours, our cast and crew shot at location from 3:00am to 3:00pm for three days in a row. To say the least, people were very tired and running on fumes. Finding the right time to schedule each camera “oner” proved difficult, but was actually our saving grace. We would set up the bar scene similar to a theatre production and get everyone involved and aware of their main action and/or background action. By the end of the first oner on day two, the cast and crew were all jazzed up, thanks to accomplishing such a difficult chunk of the day. By the end of the second oner on day three, the production heads knew the schedule was working to our advantage. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of speed bumps that came with filming during the middle of the night into morning, but the entire production was confined to one location, so our set community grew insanely quick. Wouldn’t have planned it any other way.
KH: Another difficulty with bringing Open Mic Night to life was the fact that we needed to film in a bar, and 4 out of 5 of our production heads were under 21. This made finding a location the biggest headache of the production, since it was extremely difficult to scout locations we couldn’t get into. When we finally secured a location, the signed paperwork wasn’t able to hold up our agreement, and we lost our first bar on Grant’s birthday, on my drive to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Luckily, the production recovered. On the hunt for a location, we wandered into a bar called Pearl’s, and almost immediately met the owner, James Bedwell, who was more than happy to work with us. Pearl’s ended up being the perfect location, and James ended up becoming one of our freelance clients!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: My full portfolio can be found at www.ghimselfproductions.com. Check out Open Mic Night behind the scenes at www.facebook.com/OMNshort2018. Follow me on Instagram @grantworden. Read my On Denver article about artist Taylor Herzog at www.ondenver.com/denver-creative-artist-taylor-herzog/. Thank you for viewing, critiquing, following, sharing, and purchasing my work. I enjoy being able to creatively collaborate with others. Bouncing ideas off the endless whiteboard is a sort of sport. My short film productions, photography, doodles, and overall creative world would not be possible without the support of others.
KH: Check out my personal website at www.khomproductions.com, or follow me on Instagram @kylethehoman. You can also find out more about the companies I work for at www.lumenati.co and www.bspdenver.com.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: This is the third short film I have had the privilege to show here at The Bug Theatre and The Emerging Filmmakers Project. This community of filmmakers is deeply devoted to individual voice. Every time I attend or premiere at the EFP I am blown away by the talent in the surrounding seats. Inspiration finds me here. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my productions and the magic behind the scenes. Thank you again for showing Open Mic Night. The EFP board of directors and supporting staff helps emerging creatives promote their work. I love the stage and Q&A. Thank you again. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew and a special thank you to James and Matt from Boogie Groove Entertainment at Your Mom’s House on 13th street.
KH: Coming to EFP is always an awesome chance to put your work in front of an audience and see if what you tried to do actually worked. Meeting the fellow creative minds of Denver is always inspiring, and reconnecting with familiar faces is always awesome. Thank you to the folks at EFP who put this together, and for uniting this community by bringing us all together.

Open Mic Night will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 17th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Grant Worden, “Arm in Arm”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: It was the one thing all the voices in my head could agree on.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Arm in Arm is a reimaging of Peter Pan, following a jaded Wendy Darling after a vicious attack and the struggle as a Police Detective years later.

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I am currently finishing up my Colorado Film School senior thesis – “Open Mic Night.” It will premiere May 2018.
Continuing rewrites on a feature screenplay called, Calvin the Only.
I recently started a producer internship position with InJoy Health Education.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
ABOUT ME:
When I am not writing
ABOUT ARM IN ARM:
All Nico Dagger wanted all the tattoos to be real // was going to get WOLF tattooed on his knuckles. Nico Dagger stars as WOLF (Capt. Hook).
The fight scene and choking/hit scene were all choreographed by Dylan Welter, Shannon Malloy, Nico Dagger and myself. This was my first time choreographing a fight scene… and it took place in a residential neighborhood. WOOF!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: Website: www.Ghimselfproductions.com

Directing Reel: https://youtu.be/-WIjEK3c6Mk

Twitter: Grant Worden / @grannn14

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantiworden/

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: Thank you for honoring my cast and crews great work the two months in a row! Showing Losing Faith in March was a treat! Participating in the EFP has been a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to meet… anyone really. Thank you to Mike, Eileen, and Patrick for all their hard work! See you at the BUG THEATRE April 19th! Cheers.

Arm in Arm will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden, Shannon Malloy, “Losing Faith”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: All I know is, I never wanted to work in the traditional cubical world. Cinema has I use to hate reading/writing but now have a responsibility to invent compelling characters, story structures and world rules. As a director, I get to work with the best individuals to make great scripts come to life.

SM: I became a filmmaker because I truly believe being a storyteller is why I was put onto this earth. Even if I impact one life at a time it’s absolutely worth all the time and energy that we put into a film, and I’m so thankful to be chasing this dream and making movies.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

GW: Losing Faith received an Honorable Mention in the One-Reeler short film competition (One-reeler.net) This is the first local showing.

SM: I became a filmmaker because I truly believe being a storyteller is why I was put onto this earth. Even if I impact one life at a time it’s absolutely worth all the time and energy that we put into a film, and I’m so thankful to be chasing this dream and making movies.

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: 1. Wrapped principal photography this January on my Colorado Film School production 3 (senior thesis) Open Mic Night. An quirky drama about a bar’s last open mic night and all the characters that perform. It was filmed here in Denver at Pearl’s on 13th St. It will be premiering May 2018.

2. Finishing rewrites on a feature script titled – Calvin the Only

3. Recently started an Internship with InJoy Health Educations (InJoy Productions)

SM: I’m currently finishing my last semester at NYFA in Los Angeles and am knee deep in work here! Learning as much as I can and pouring my heart out into all my projects!

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: ABOUT ME: I love Manatees, Hockey and all things grapefruit.

ABOUT MY WORK: All my scripts and short film productions tend to deal with odd couples that are searching for with the right way to be themselves.

SM: We scrapped two days of shooting on this film and headed in the original direction of what we wanted. So many people thought we were crazy, but ultimately we followed the integrity of the script and I am so proud of the result! I also wrote the film to be dedicated to my mom, as a small thank you for teaching me to be strong and to have faith.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: Ghimselfproductions.com

Reel: https://youtu.be/-WIjEK3c6Mk

Twitter: Grant Worden / @grannn14

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantiworden/

SM: You can find me on Linkedin, I would love to connect with you! There you can see more of my work and eventually my updated reel and website.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: I am humbled to show Losing Faith at the EFP. Only having attended twice before I find the atmosphere to be creatively intoxicating. Just being in the room is an honor due to the fact everyone loves and works hard to promote good film. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.

SM: It’s so wonderful to be back here! This is my third film being shown here, and I’m thankful for EFP for championing filmmakers in Colorado and creating an awesome opportunity to network and support one another. Keep rocking EFP! Hope to see you again soon!

Losing Faith will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.