In March of 2005 I crammed everything I owned into my 1992 Honda, and drove to LA to attend the Los Angeles Film School. I was 29 years old, and my life was just beginning. No money. Sometimes just an air mattress for a bed, but it didn’t matter. I was in Hollywood!!!
After school it was time to be an Editorial PA (Production Assistant) on real movies. As a PA you basically drive all over Los Angeles delivering items, picking up film from the lab, dropping off footage for the composer, delivering dailies to a producer’s house in the Palisades… and of course, getting coffee and food! I loved being a PA. People in the film industry are super nice. They all share a common passion – making movies. And they’re totally into helping others pursue their dreams.
(Pictured above is Tracey Wadmore-Smith and Bob Odenkirk – awesome people)
After PA’ing on a couple films, my Grandparents (Harvey and Madge Crain) graciously gave me $6000! I took the money and purchased my own Avid editing system, and jumped into the world of independent film. Without them, and my parents co-signing my school loan, none of this would have been possible. Thank you!
The world of independent film is tough. It typically means a full time job, and film related work on nights and weekends. But you do it for the love of making movies. For the experience. To network. For those shiny IMDB credits. For the hope that one day you’ll be able to quit the day job and make your own movies.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work. Finding the resources to make a movie requires more.
In 2010 I married my lovely wife, Sandi Boudreau. Little did I know that she would soon embark on a home business with Young Living that would eventually liberate me from my 8-5 job, and also pay off my film school loans. And God would give us a precious little girl. Thank you so much Sandi Boudreau for everything you do! I love you.
Now, ELEVEN years after graduating film school, I’m thrilled to announce PARADISE STRIKES. It’s our first feature length film, scheduled to shoot on the island of Kauai — where Universal shot JURASSIC PARK.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work. Finding the money, people and resources to make a movie requires more. It requires help from others. It requires Providential assistance. We ask God for help often with this project, and now we’re asking you. Please share about the film and help us raise awareness!
The website for Paradise Strikes is: ParadiseStrikes.com
Below is an intro that Journey and I knocked out while Sandi was buried with month end work with her business. Hope you enjoy… and thanks so much for being a part of our dreams!!!