Some of you may recall, a good friend of mine, Johnny Newman, made a short film called Foster which played at Rhode Island (and Johnny tipped me off about the suitability of RI for Gone Fishing). This short film took him on a rollercoaster ride to Hollywood… you can read the blog entry here.
Recently, Johnny won the chance to make a short film for Ford as part of a Filmaka competition, and he asked me to produce it for him. Sadly, even though I loved the script, I was too busy to help out as producer. Long and short of it, Johnny won the competition! AMAZING! He now get’s the film screened before the first episode of the remake of Knight Rider in the USA, and also gets shipped back to LA in November to direct a $100k commercial. After this win he has got an agent and manager in LA and the future is looking brighter than ever for him. The film was shot on HD and cost peanuts to make. You can watch it above.
I spoke to him on the phone just after he found out and he commented that he was lucky to win… I reminded him that he reason he actually won, was the ten years of hard graft and commitment to learning his trade – it was the precipitation of dedication, hard work, talent, endurance and finally, taking advantage of an opportunity. Well done matey. We can all learn from your success.
Onwards and upwards!