I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I went to school in Columbia, SC at the real USC. I moved to California, and finally moved back home to SC. I live and work in Charleston, SC which is now home to my business, a production company called Lunch and Recess.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Fishhooks: I met Becca through a friend by chance one day on the street in Charleston. They were dating at the time and she was introduced as a taxidermy artist. I thought that was really cool, and weird, especially for a young woman. It seemed unusual to me, but not so much to her. Becca’s art is really awesome and once I saw some of her things I became a big fan. Her curiosity cabinet, her Fox, those are the things I would buy if I could afford, or I would steal if she was not looking.
Cataloguing my dreams: Matt is a friend and colleague. Full disclosure: his office is one floor down from ours in a building on Broad Street in Charleston. Matt is a weird dude. He has just the right amount of quirk. Well, maybe a little too much. I try to make him feel awkward sometimes. And it always works because he is awkward which is why everyone loves him. Matt is an animator and director and has done some really amazing work for some big names like HBO, Nike, the list goes on. The coolest thing is that when he’s not animating, he paints and draws really cool artwork. I am a fan of his stuff. I’ve been trying to work a trade with him, so I thought if I made a movie about him, he would give me some artwork. The plan hasnt come together yet, but I’m hoping when he reads this, he will take the hint.
In the sixth grade at Buist I somehow got the the idea to make a movie instead of writing a paper. I somehow convinced the teacher to accept this idea. I used a crappy beat up video camera from a box of junk in the media center (our library was called a media center but it had zero media equipment) to make the worst claymation in the history of the world. I edited it by playing on one vcr and recording on another by hand. It sucked so bad! But it was fun. The teachers were impressed even though the video was super sketchy and glitchy. I was so excited to get an A on that project. It felt like I had pulled one over on the teacher. The reality is I spent days making the video whereas I would have written the paper in an hour. But it felt so easy, and fast. Time flies when you’re having fun. After that I handed in movies instead of papers every time I possibly could. I was lucky to find film making at an early age.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Fishhooks: Becca skinned a rat. That’s pretty interesting. Did you even watch the movie?
Cataloguing my dreams: We started out to make a doc about Matt and how he paints to figure out what to animate. Then we found out about his weird dream catalogue during the interview and completely changed direction mid-shoot. That’s how we got the title and the whole idea, just one offhanded remark in the interview led us down a much better rabbit hole.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Telling Andy Smith how much fun I am having at “Andy Grits.”
6. Why should someone see your film?
People should watch my movies if they like weird people, are looking for new artists to follow or buy work from, or if they want inspiration to keep doing what they love, no matter how weird their job, hobby, or cathartic release activity is.