Dustin Dooley is probably one of the coolest person I have met so far. He is going to be the director for a feature film produced in Des Moines, Iowa.
I got invited to his house to hang out a little bit, get to know each other, talk shop (movies and stuff). I asked if I could invite a friend: my movie friend, Ali, but she already had something to do; my longboard friend Bill, but he was turning in for the night. So i thought I’d invite my dad and my brother and we went to his house.
Dustin greeted us in and he was really cool! He showed us his editing studio, his stabilizer, his camera (Red Scarlet) and some of his artwork that he has hanging in his living room.
We talked about movies and what we do, I got to show him a little bit of what I’ve done in the past year and he liked it! That was so cool to hear and I told him about my experience and he said he’d like to hire me to edit.
My dad was with us and with my dad, our conversation evolved into just two people getting acquainted with this movie director to actually a couple of friends telling each other stories and exchanging viewpoints and ideas, so we’d steer off filmmaking for a bit and then come back. My dad would point things out for me and show me off and criticize me, but it all helped me to get a spark going that would get me to work with Dooley on the movie and future projects!
I liked Dooley a lot, he’s a humble guy and a very interesting artistic person. From what me and my father have talked with him, I can tell he’s going to be a great guy to work with and as a potential new friend working together on a shared passion.
I’m thankful to God, because I think that even through my own free will, I found the path I was supposed to take to walk towards my passion in life. I cannot wait for what will come next and I cannot wait to work on this feature film.
I auditioned for the first time in my life today. It’s for a feature film that will be produced my my home city. My character is a younger brother, who is a degenerate gambler and drug user and he’s having a conversation with his older brother at a bar and they have a heated talk.
It felt amazing.
It was a good feeling having to read my lines and getting a feel that I wanted for the character I was reading for. I felt like I did a good job. I got complimented that I did well and the lead said that he liked my act.
I told the Director and Producer that I really am interested in acting for the role, but if for any reason that I don’t get the part, I would love to be a crew member. I just wanted to be a part of the movie, because this is actually something that I dreamed about! I dreamed about making a movie in my city and now that this is a chance, I’m going to fucking take it!
So this is a thanks to God for putting this movie in my path and patting myself on the back for taking the opportunity to do this. It’s also a thanks to my family for supporting me.
I’m so freaking excited.
I love making movies and this weekend (July 27-29, 2012) I will get the chance to make a movie with a little help from my friends and that movie will be shown in a movie theater! Making movies is what I love to do. In June, I decided to make a movie every weekend to prepare for the 48 Hour Film Project. I’ve made more movies this year than I have my whole life. I’ve written and directed and camera op-ed pretty much every movie and I loved it. I loved being able to write down a story—my story— and i loved being able to direct it and tell my actors what to do, I loved being able to be behind the camera and also I loved editing the movie as well.
This weekend I’m going to be doing what I love to do, and I’ll be doing it with friends and my family will be supporting me. I’m going to love seeing my movie on the big screen at one of our local movie theaters. I hope and pray to God that nothing that i can’t handle happens this weekend. I worded it that way because, I know we’re going to hit some speed bumps during the weekend as we’re making a short film in just 48 Hours.
Movies. I love movies.
I am a filmmaker for the 48 Film Project in Des Moines, Iowa.
My team is called Gate 13 & Company.
My city is Beautiful. Why would I ever want to leave this place? It is a growing city and becoming more beautiful every year. My city may not have the beach, or be a huge city like New York or Chicago, but dammit we got beach-beautiful woman and that big city feeling. We know how to party, you like gotta look and know where the party is at. We are a city that loves our festivals(Latino, Asian, Italian, 80/34, 515 Alive, BCB, etc) , our State fairs, and the little places close to our heart. We have great food, from the excellent hole-in-the-walls like Tamale’s Industry to fine restaurants like Centro; great family restaurant like Noah’s Ark to more adult The Americana. Our places of entertainment accept all: the gays at Blazing Saddles to the straight couples having near sex on the dance floor at the monthly Sub Sonic Socials. My city has it’s beautiful diversity that is so unifying that I am proud to live in Des Moines, Iowa. My heart will always be with Des Moines.
Some of the places where I’ve been, But most where my best friends are
Although I know most of my best friends might not read or see this. Just know that All of you are the most precious gifts from God, he has ever given me and that no matter what happens, I will always love you all. Though the love may vary, this love is most genuine. I thank God, for all of you.
Des Moines, Iowa