St. John's Confidential File
MSJ: When did you first discover the world of film and how did it affect you?
TL: At a very young age, I immediately was drawn to the Film industry and that it encouraged the freedom of expression, artistry, and a reflective perspective of any situation. Learning life lessons for any adolescent for the last half century has developed through books, theater, and cinema. Being able to view struggle and sometimes success is very motivational for any individual.
MSJ: How did you see the world you grew up in as a young kid?
TL: As a child my understanding for normal social interactions and day-to-day struggle was growing and changing everyday. Luckily I grew up with a great family full of loving support for any dream or vocation. Giving me the understanding of the power and importance of education. My parents helped me soar by sending me to private school and allowed any participation in any extra curricular activities. Only choosing those I wanted to attend. Showing me the prize and fulfillment of receiving a college education and to help me grow as an intellectual as well as a person. Teaching me if I want help others and make a change. Learning life lessons quickly and understanding the importance of choice! Will only help anyone if my intentions are pure and well thought out.
MSJ: Who were some of your film heroes i.e. actors, writers or even directors once you discovered that filming was a passion of yours?
TL: I always found myself enjoying the individuality and overall plot of any movie. Growing up I was especially drawn to Comedy and Science Fiction Movies. Following actors such as Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. Also enjoying the extraordinary visions of George Lucas and Stan Lee. Quickly I fell in love with all of the well-known Directors that help light up the Box Offices as I matured. I found a fascination and a new found respect for all movies. Watching around 5 to 10 Films a week has been an addiction of mine since I was a teenager. Focusing on the Careers of Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and many others. I even found myself looking into the films that they enjoy or helped to inspire them. Many Classics and some others missed by mainstream audiences.
MSJ: What are some of the most important things you have learned about working in the world of film?
TL: I have learned that hard work, and passion. Go hand in hand in this business. That if you really want something bad enough and work at it long enough. Others will find the same amount of appreciation in your work, cause they will recognize and respect your drive for any project.
MSJ: What kinds of films or stories really turn you on as a filmmaker?
TL: In particular I found myself drawn to stories of Heroism from an unknown or challenged character. In great films such as “The Goonies,” or any movie; where a group of kids or individuals come together to conquer a huge obstacle only by using teamwork. Also quickly finding a fascination for films that helped to capture or retell an important event or story of American or global history. Films such as "Gone with the Wind," "Life is Beautiful," and even the new "
MSJ: Are you happy with the new technology if making films today? Explain.
TL: I understand how some people can be weary and hesitant about the advances in technology. Scared on how they may take away from the function and form of the movies forever. I feel that this evolutionary period has not even come to a climax. That these new forms of digital technology will help to highlight and create films that will not only inspire but are enjoyed again and again. I feel the future will show us that less is more and that with any vision can create a reality.
MSJ: What have you learned about yourself since spending so much time preparing for the big move to
TL: I learned a respect for hard work, creation, and the love of completion. I have learned that completing a project is as fulfilling as sharing it with others.
MSJ: As an artist what kind of dreams do you still have?
TL: What dreams will come, and how I will get there is the exciting part. Individuals dream of a piece of cake; I dream about cooking it! Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. I also want to help others and individuals to know that their voice counts and that every person deserves the opportunity to expand that voice through higher education.
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