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 Denver Animated Pixelshow? 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. This will be its second screening, in addition to “Show Us Your Shorts”, an event through the Pikes Peak Art Council in Colorado Springs. 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 friend’s feature over the summer, and right now I’m working on editing its proof of concept. The film is a coming of age story about a young girl on a farm in northern California. You can follow the film at https://www.facebook.com/julyrisingfilm/. 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 might factor into this question.

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, only my Mom could help me. So, I asked her to help make sure my eyes were in focus, then leave me alone in my room to record the interview. It was strange.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
TC: I am 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 Denver Animated Pixelshow and The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
TC: This will be my first Denver Animated Pixelshow and I can’t wait to screen with other amazing, local filmmakers. Thanks for all your work. I really enjoy EFP as a chance to show and support local work, and I can’t wait to share my film with the EFP audience.

A Moment. will screen during the 8:00pm block at the 2017 Denver Animated Pixelshow on Sunday, October 15th at The Bug Theatre.