Meet the Filmmaker: Thomas Crandall, “A Moment.”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
TC: I became a filmmaker because I really like how intimate and involved the process is. I could give the canned answer “I love telling stories”, but I don’t really know what that means for me. I like people, and I enjoy putting all of myself into sharing someone’s life perspective. Although it’s terrifying, I love having that final, tangible product at the end and sharing someone else’s story, and a part of myself, with others.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
TC: I made A Moment. in about 48 hours for a New Year’s Vimeo Weekend Challenge. The theme was New Year’s Resolutions, and so I made this short film about a girl I really liked, and how I made a choice (or didn’t) which I regretted and wanted to re-explore. It screened online and to my surprise, ended up winning the challenge. I’m so glad people connected with the story. The film also screened at Pikes Peak Art Council’s “Show Us Your Shorts” and at the Denver Animated Pixelshow earlier this year. I hope to continue sharing the film with audiences and may consider doing more, similarly personal stories like this as part of a future series.

Q: What else are you working on?
TC: I shot a feature my friend wrote/directed over the summer called JULY RISING, and will be shooting the rest of pickups before Christmas. I also edited the teaser and trailer, and will be editing its BTS featurette. The film is a coming of age story about a young girl on a farm in northern California. You can follow at https://www.facebook.com/julyrisingfilm/, and see some of our content we’ve release at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/july-rising-film-farming#/. I’m also developing an idea for a short documentary centering around the question, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?”, in which I plan on interviewing young children (elementary school age) and seniors to gain insight into how time and age may affect your dreams and ambitions.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
TC: I am VERY self conscious and was especially self conscious about this story, but being alone in my house, I only had my Mom to help me. So, I asked her to make sure my eyes were in focus, then leave me alone to record the interview. It was strange.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
TC: I am still in the process of building a website, so right now the best place to see my work is my vimeo page, vimeo.com/thomascrandall.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
TC: This will be the first time I screen with EFP, and I can’t wait to screen with other amazing, local filmmakers. Thanks for all your work. I can’t wait to share my film with the EFP audience, y’all are so supportive.

A Moment. will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 21st at The Bug Theatre.