St. John's Confidential File
MSJ: You're from
MSJ: As a youngster, were there many independent film companies to approach? Or did most of your technical and business training happen in college or in a film workshop?
MP: I was never an academic person. The structure that best worked for me was not a system of memorization and tests but to be in the room with the executive, with the producer, observing and learning in the moment. I found myself audacious enough to contact the president or CEO of a company and find a place to witness their process. In this way, all my education and business experience has been learned. You could compare this to an apprenticeship of the old days.
MSJ: What has been the most problematic issue in moving to
MP: (laughs) having enough financial room to breathe before settling down in a spot was the most challenging position in being new here. If you aren't careful, it’s easy to get caught up in a community or job that seems appealing in the short term. It may give you enough money to pay bills (or whatever you're doing) but finding that community and credibility that supports the vision of your future self is the real value. Fortunately, I have and am continuing to put myself in the right circumstances, through which I have met some incredible (and credible) people. Finding the right people hasn't been too difficult, because when you know where they are at, you simply go to them.
MSJ: What kind of films impacted your interest in producing, was it science fiction, comedy, drama or action stories? And why?
MP: Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Al Pacino, Edward Norton, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeff Bridges. Each of their works has been a major influence to me as a filmmaker and as a human being.
MP: There are many social myths that are applied to every level of
MSJ: What have you learned about yourself having to face certain challenges in becoming a producer?
MP: Everyday I am reminded of my faults, mistakes, and miscommunications. I've learned to surround myself with people that have a similar desire and understanding of maturity. As a producer, it is important to have a network of every type of person one could imagine, without bias.
MSJ: What has been the most important film project you've been involved with so far? And what is the story line?
MP: The project I'm working on now is made up of professionals that are open minded, kind, and do their job. It's a true joy to know these people. The story follows the hero's journey closely. It questions our concept of reality and rewards the character who is open to the idea that there is something more than the physical and skeptical of all the new data entering his life. He ends up seeing for himself what is real and what is phony.
MSJ: Have you a clearer idea who you are as a person, especially as a creative one? And how does it make you feel?
MP: Each project that I work on is an onion who's skin is peeled away revealing that which hasn't been seen before. In the moment, it’s a flow that feels effortless. Everything outside of my attention falls away. I wish I could share that feeling with everyone.
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