FROM MY EYES, 98min., USA
Directed by Darrick Landreneau
When a freshman embarks on a journey to film everyday of college, he discovers that growing up might be harder than he ever imagined.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
Honestly it was a mixture of my love for film and a God idea. I'd been suffering from a real lack of ideas during my first month of my Freshman Year at LSU. I had a camera (Sony NEX-VG10) and a lifetime supply of inspiration and drive... but no ideas. So I'm a Christian and one day on my way to math class I started praying for an idea, a big idea. I can take you to the exact spot where this thought just infected my brain, "Why don't you film college?" My initial thought was, "yea right", but over the next week God opened doors and provided a way for me to start filming. On October 16th, 2012 I picked up a camera not knowing what the story would be but curious enough to find out.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
It took a little over 10 years from first shot to final cut.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
The journey of making a clear and cohesive story out of 10,000 hours of footage and possibilities. Filming it wasn't easy either though... haha.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
My favorite parts where when they pin-pointed certain aspects of the film that were only achievable through collaboration. Things like the films original score or the editing of the film, none of it would have been possible without a team.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker when I picked up a camera in high school. I got to make funny videos with my friends while learning the basics of story telling. From there I just fell more and more in love with the joy you can bring audiences with just a camera and some good talented friends.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
It's between Yes Man with Jim Carrey, Moneyball with Brad Pitt, The Martian with Matt Damon, or You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I think it would be amazing if film festivals provided reviews and notes for your film regardless of you being accepted to the festival or not.
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
I love filmfreeway.com. I think they are a great resource and I look forward to every time I get to collaborate with them. Looking forward to continued success with them.
10. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal... dang... any meal I get to have with friends and family... perferably at 'The Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant' in Washington, LA.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Well my next project is a mix between a docu-series and a scripted feature. More to come very soon ;)