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Meet the Filmmaker: Andrew Tennison, “The Sear”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AT: When I was about four years old, I watched Leonard Maltin interview George Lucas on the Star Wars VHS tapes that came out, and the way they talked about movies seemed really “adult”, so I figured filmmaking was a serious and realistic profession for grown-ups. That’s around the time that movies took ahold of me – filmmaking was a language I immediately took to heart.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AT: You’re going to see a movie I wrote and directed called The Sear, which is a student short that was made at CU Denver. It’s about a couple’s relationship getting torn apart by two fortune teller machines. We shot it all in a basement belonging to two of my childhood friends – Alex and Stephen Klein, who also star in the movie. So far, it’s been screened at our school’s Cinefest film festival, which was in May, and it’s up on YouTube. I plan on submitting it to a few more festivals this year.

Q: What else are you working on?
AT: I’m writing another short right now. For this one I’ll have double the amount of time to make the film than I did on my last two, so it’s gonna be a wild ride.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AT: I’m a famous naysayer of the “shot list”, which is a list of shots you write out before you shoot a movie. For me, a shot list is kind of a hassle and a waste of time. When you’re behind a computer trying to figure out what shots are gonna work on set without actually being on set, the whole thing feels fruitless and I feel like a dunce. So on my past two films, I usually just feel out the shots while I’m there on set.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AT: You can subscribe to my YouTube channel, which I’ve named after myself – Andrew Tennison. I also make music as majordomo (lowercase), and you can find my songs on SoundCloud.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AT: Thank you for having me! I went to the January EFP and had a great time, so I’m looking forward to this one.

The Sear will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, August 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Antoine M. Dillard, “Gotta Make It”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AD: I became a filmmaker because I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to make people, smile, laugh, feel, and be introduced to worlds and perspectives that they’ve never seen or thought about

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AD: You’re going to see part of the journey of Kendall Graham. A film student with exception skill trying to find his place in the film industry. So far it has been screened in Italy and has won a few awards and nominations. Right now it’s on Amazon Prime Video & OpPrime TV streaming services. No other plans than to get in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Q: What else are you working on?
AD: Right now I’m at the tail end of Rise of the Avalanche: Revenge from the Shadows and developing my first feature film Crazy Weapon 5: Back for the First Time.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AD: Both films that I’ve released so far have been shot in my home.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AD: They can go to QuantumVisualFx.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AD: I think The Emerging Filmmakers Project is excellent! There aren’t many outlets for independent filmmakers locally in general and I’m so happy an organization like this exists so that filmmakers have a platform express themselves through film.

Gotta Make It will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, August 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Blaise Bowers, “Whoopie”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BB: Because I love creating and sharing my story’s with other people. I started out as an actor and while on film sets I enjoyed watching the process from behind the camera. It’s fun acting, but I also have fun making movies. I’m only 11, but I hope to continue making films and acting.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP?
BB: Whoopie is a short film about my dog Whoopie. It was made as my entry to DSA cinema arts program for 6th grade. The goal was to write, direct and edit original material. It’s a comedy projecting human feelings into a dog. My sister is playing herself, my mom is the voice of Whoopie and My dad played himself as well.

Q: Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BB: I played the video at my 5th-grade student showcase and at DSA audition. I hope you enjoy it. I’m thinking about a Whoopie 2 I’m still working on the story and training the dog because she was not an easy “actor” to work with, we had to bribe her with a lot of food to make that video. The video had to be less than 2 minutes, so I had to remove some story we had shot. Originally it was going to show what Whoopie did for the gap in time you see in the video, but for time and keeping the story focused on the main topic I had to remove it, but I would love to make Whoopie 2 and add those scenes.

Q: What else are you working on?
BB: I have a couple of projects in which I’m still writing and casting. One is a music video parody of “Welcome to the Jungle”- “Welcome to Hiyoshi”- we spent 2 weeks in Japan last year and I came up with a funny music video. My mom helped me write the lyrics and we shot raw footage of the city of Hiyoshi and we asked strangers to be in the video. We wrote down things that were in that town and things that stood out to us in Japan like their TINY TINY cars. I’m hoping to record the music and finish the video this fall. It goes like “Welcome to Hiyoshi, we got fun and food. We got everything you want, daily marts too, we are the people who can buy, whatever they may need- Daily Yamakasi honey may have what you need… in Hiyoshi, welcome to Hiyoshi, won’t you come with nana nan a mee mee”

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BB: Well, I can be described as “weird” by people but I think I’m just unique. I think we are all weird in one way or another. I enjoy horror movies, role-playing games, karaoke, tap dancing… but to me, that’s not weird, that’s just me.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BB: My Youtube channel is called “TheLifeofBlaise” all together in one word. I post videos I have worked on as an actor, things I have done myself and I’m hoping to add more with time. Thank you for having me today, this is a great honor.

Whoopie will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Shaelene Salazar, “Trust Me”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
SS: I wasn’t planning on becoming a filmmaker, but taking various classes kind of shifted my viewpoint a little bit.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
SS: This has only been shown in the class we made it in. The idea behind it was different at first, but has a twist that shifts the tone a little bit.

Q: What else are you working on?
SS: I have three projects underway.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
SS: You’ll see.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SS: Stay tuned and info will be out soon!

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
SS: The EFP is a really great way to get out there and network. It’s a fun experience for everyone!

Trust Me will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Josh Gaines, “Cordial Kill”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JG: I’ve always loved storytelling in all of its various forms, but I think seeing The Sixth Sense at a young age was what broke my brain (in a good way) into realizing that film was the ultimate medium in which I wanted to tell stories. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope also had a profound impact on me.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JG: Cordial Kill is essentially my homage to and parody of the great crime films of the 1970’s and 80’s. I wanted to take the “mob guy” stereotype and play with it, making my characters completely incompetent idiots and ineffective criminals. With the lengthy dialogue, my hope is that the audience has some time to “hang out” with the characters and get a good sense of them without knowing exactly where the plot is headed until about 2/3rds in. Cordial Kill has won two awards at festival thus far and has been officially selected to screen at other festivals throughout this year.

Q: What else are you working on?
JG: I’m currently revising a feature length script I’ve written for a sci-fi mockumentary that I hope to finance and film here in Denver within the next two years.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JG: I illustrated a Harry Potter-themed webcomic for a while in 2011-2012 that garnered a sizable following on Tumblr, of all places.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JG: chttp://www.thejoshgaines.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JG: I’ve lived in Denver for six years but only recently found out about The EFP, and it seems awesome. It’s an honor to be included in this month’s edition and I hope to attend future EFP nights to connect with more Denver folks making quality films.

Cordial Kill will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Daniel Eltzroth & Jesse Theilman, “An Outright Dog”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DE: As aspiring artists and passionate fans of film, photography, literature, and music, we felt film was the best vehicle for us to share our artistic visions. We want to tell stories that resonate with both our sensibilities  and experiences. Our goal is to make the kind of movies that as fans of film, we would want to see in a theater.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DE: At EFP, we are going to see a film that follows a guy who is trying to get right side up in the books – a guy who is desperate for a home run.

This film has only live on our YouTube Page and hasn’t screen in the public previously. Our plan is to show this at EFP trying to gather some constructive criticism and feedback. We want to know what works and what doesn’t.

Q: What else are you working on?
DE: We are currently working on a project that centers in on a project that centers in on a character who is forced into a fresh start after being fired from his white collar job one morning. He goes on a hike looking for answers, but ends up with more questions than answers.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DE: One weird thing about us is that we became creative partners after being randomly paired together in college in an Audio class. We haven’t been able to shake one another since.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DE: Frick and Frack Productions on YouTube and Facebook.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DE: We are incredibly honored and excited to be a part of the June 2018 edition of The Emerging Filmmakers Project. We look forward to meeting fellow fans of film and filmmakers alike from the Denver community.

An Outright Dog will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Alex Cerveny and Garrus Grimble, “The Dead Man’s Fear”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
A&G: Filmmaking is something we have wanted to do since childhood. We officially started making a go of it about a year ago, but have been developing the stories we wanted to tell for years. After we finished our first project, we just couldn’t stop.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
A&G: Our short is set in a fantasy world of our own imagining. It is only the first part of a much larger story that will take us quite a while to finish. It has only been screened privately for cast and crew, so this is it’s first public showing. We have an indiegogo campaign up right now to raise enough money for the feature. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-dead-man-s-fear-fantasy-horror#/

Q: What else are you working on?
A&G: We have a multitude of other projects in the works right now, most of which revolve around this story. We plan on releasing a number of other shorts to herald the feature film. Each short will focus on one of the characters from the film and set their place for the feature.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
A&G: Well, we prefer to keep a dark, contrasted look to our projects. We shot DMF all by firelight and a couple other projects have a similar look. In the end, we just favor heavy contrast and stylistic footage. Combine that with a fantasy setting and we just can’t help but love it. I suppose that idea isn’t too weird at a glance, but it definitely isn’t terribly common.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
A&G: They can visit our youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqlD64kauI9SZMh30XmZCEg

or our indiegogo at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-dead-man-s-fear-fantasy-horror#/

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
A&G: We have wanted to show a film at the EFP since we found out about it a couple years ago. The community is fantastic and the EFP is a perfect outlet for “unknowns” like us to show our work to an audience that legitimately cares about film. This is our first showing at the EFP but we are excited to hear what people have to say about our work.

The Dead Man’s Fear will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Charles Cash, “Get Your Geek On”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
CC: To tell stories and provide various viewpoints on many topics.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
CC: The piece is called Get Your Geek On and has been shown at the Peak Film Forum in Colorado Springs in December 2017.

Q: What else are you working on?
CC: A short promo video for a local restaurant and a short travel pieces on San Diego.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
CC: I usually shoot a lot of my stuff on just my cellphone (but not this one).

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
CC: I have several pieces on my YouTube channel called Voyager Media and is the one with the Voyage One satellite icon.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
CC: This is a nice way to showcase local talent.

Get Your Geek On will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.