Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LO: As long as I can remember I have loved movies and I have always enjoyed telling stories. Through the years I got more and more passionate about filmmaking after I began making cheesy movies with my friends back in 6th grade. I’ve come a long way and I’m proud of myself, but I always want to keep improving and challenging myself in new ways. I love making films and will never stop doing it!
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LO: My film playing on the 19th is titled Arms and it’s my very first student film at CFS. It’s about a woman simply trying to make it home and ends up having to fight off an attacker. There are some solid performances in it, I was honored to have such a great cast!
Q: What else are you working on?
LO: I’m about 99% done with a music video for a local metal band called Cruxvae for their song “Dark Times Ahead” and that’s gonna be coming out really soon. In addition to that, I’m directing a fake news show (sorta like The Onion, but way crazier) called Newsroom One that will be in production very soon. We have lots of notable local actors on board with this project and I’m super excited. It’s being produced by Ryan Seamy and we both have written the majority of the material for it. It’s insane and hopefully well have some teasers out within a month for it.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LO: I like to plant “Easter eggs” in my films. Funny or out-of-place things, advertisements for myself or weird inside jokes. They are usually extremely subtle and most people won’t notice unless they are looking them. Arms has a quite a few in it so it’ll be interesting to see how many people catch ’em at the screening.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LO: The best ways to stay updated with info on my films and any upcoming projects are my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lukeostermillerofficial), my IMDB page (http://imdb.com/name/nm6857620/) or @lukeostermiller on Twitter. I also have YouTue and Vimeo channels, linkedin, Instagram and a personal Facebook profile.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LO: It’s such an incredible opportunity to get your film out there and I encourage everyone to support it!
Arms will screen March 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.