ON THE RIDE – Winner of Best CINEMATOGRAPHY at the January 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
As an actor for the past 20 years, I wanted to tell my own story. I was ready to learn the process of filmmaking from A-Z and take on writing and producing in order to move people not only with my acting, but my creative ideas, words and storytelling. Basically, create my own film school, but just jumping right in and making a film. As an actor, you are at the whim of seeing if you fit into someone else’s story, but this time I wanted to take my power back and write and create for myself. Challenge myself in many ways. Also, I wanted find my crew and the people I admire to collaborate with when it comes to making films. I wanted to learn from them and see their processes. It’s fascinating to see how each position on a crew has their own way of operating and seeing how their work folds into bringing the film together and to life. I am excited to work with them all again.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
I started writing it around October of 2018 and we locked picture in August of 2019, so just over a year.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
I’d say getting all of the exterior biking, with stunts all shot in one day. Many locations, tight schedule and many types of cameras and rigging, but we made it all work!
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Gratification. To hear how each element they touched on, whether it be the storytelling, the performances or their favorite line, I felt like they got what I wanted to create. I appreciate how positive they all were too.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?
SPOILER ALERT: I wanted to make my own film for a while and I knew I wanted to emotionally draw people in and move them, but I didn’t know what exact story I wanted to tell yet. I was on Facebook one day, and I saw someone post a news clip about a man who rode his bike over 1,400 miles to meet the man who now obtains his daughter’s heart. The bike rider’s daughter died who in an accident at a young age, donated her organs so others could continue their lives. It moved me so much, that I thought, I can take what moved me with this story and make it my own.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Back to the Future
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
I like it. It is very helpful and easy to use.
9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?
“Higher Love” by Kygo and Whitney Houston
10. What is next for you? A new film?
As a filmmaker, I am currently in the re-write phase of a feature film and looking to get it in pre-production later this year. As an actor, I have a couple of roles on television that will air later this year, I’m in TikTok’s first scripted series called Hidden Canyons (@1minutegaysoap) and also currently in a film called “Rust Creek” (also directed by “On the Ride” director, Jen McGowan), that was recently in the Top 10 on Netflix!