The Atlantis Awards

Artist Spotlight: Tyler Herren

Some advice that I would give to someone aspiring to get into the film industry would be to be ready for a lot of work and a lot of practice. Most people haven’t gotten the practice that I did when I was younger making home movies, so however and whenever you can, go out and practice the areas you are interested in. You can study filmmaking for years, but until you go out and do it yourself, you won’t know how much of a reward and amazing experience it is bringing your imagination to life.

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Smith

Be ready for a lot of work. We’ve had several films that have started in our region and then eventually fizzled out before they hit the finish line. It’s easy to be taken in by the idea that making films is fun (because it is!), but there is also a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into seeing the project through to the end.

Artist Spotlight: Nic Gregory

It was a challenge. I reworked the script many times. In the end I just let the character and the audience have moments to breathe and sit in the scene to help slow it down a little. However I didn’t mind having to go through the stages of life in that short of a time either, because that is how it feels sometimes when we look at our own lives. It really does feel like a blur when we look back on it.

Artist Spotlight: Sally Park Rubin

Find a writer’s group where the writers are doing the work. Meet regularly. Learn from each other. Take the critique. People think that writing is something anyone can do. If I had a nickel for every person who’s said, “I’m writing a book.” Or “I have an idea for a screenplay” or even, “I’m writing a screenplay,” I’d be stockpiling a lot of nickels.

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