Meet the Filmmakers: Jeff Payne and Julie Engle, “The Most Wonderful Time in the West”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
Jeff: I’ve always loved writing. When I was in my 20’s and learned that you can write movies I got into screen writing. Directing and editing came out of that.
Julie: I am inspired by my husband’s passion for creativity. I want to make movies because it is one of the most challenging things we can do as a couple.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
J&J: Every year around the holidays we make a short film instead of sending out cards. This was our biggest film to date: a western to take advantage of the Colorado landscape. So far it’s only screened at our home during our annual cookie party, and on Vimeo for out-of-town friends and family.

Q: What else are you working on?
J&J: We are writing a feature length screenplay and in pre-production mode for next year’s holiday movie.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
J&J: We limit ourselves to one assistant per shoot day. This is in attempt to keep the final product under lock and key.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
J&J: Vimeo or jeffpaynevideo.com, which I use for freelancing.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
J&J: It’s an important thing for filmmakers to see their work on screen with an audience. For the EFP to provide that to filmmakers makes them an invaluable organization for the film community.

The Most Wonderful Time in the West will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.