Ian Lyons is an actor and the producer of the feature filmThe Madmen Chronicles: Here is a link to his IMDB page:
Q: What made you want to be in the film industry?
A: I’ve always had a love for cinema. I wanted to give back to the world what I loved so much. To be able to transport someone to another place and time is a dream I still continue to chase.
Q: What is The Madmen Chronicles about?
A: The Madman Chronicles is an ultra low budget feature film created by my friend Shawn Allen, about a serial killer on the loose in southern NH, USA.
Q: What was the most challenging thing about producing it?
A: Certainly the most challenging part was working with no budget and finding a dedicated enough cast and crew to actually show up for nothing more in the form of payment than IMDb credit and pizza.
Q: What made you leave Los Angeles?
A: I never liked LA – the weather was too redundant, it was dirty and I just wasn’t fulfilled in the biz. I had a new baby and George W just got re-elected, so my wife and I decided to leave the country all together…for 6 years.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does your background in the film industry effect your job performance?
A: Currently I’m working actor from time to time and I’m a Realtor for the other time to times. Certainly having worked as an actor has helped to give me great people skills and my work as a producer has helped me my problem solving skills.
Q: What was your most memorable celebrity encounter?
A: I would have to say it was last year when I was invited to the script table-read for the film The Judge, I was blown away – it was just a few other unknown actors, myself and the rest of the table was filled with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr, Vera Farmiga and Vincent D’Onofrio… I got to read lines with each of them and just before we started Robert Downey Jr came over, introduced himself and thanked me for being in the film. It was by far my coolest acting experience yet…along with acting with Robert Downey Jr in the film. PS: it comes out October 10th 2014 🙂
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception you had about Hollywood before you worked there?
A: I had hoped that there was magic in Hollywood, where art was created, but it turned out to be more of a factory creating a product. There’s a lot of money at stake, so now I understand.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: For film production I studied at both Keene State and Emerson colleges. As an actor I’ve mostly learned by doing and observing, though I certainly have taken some classes for scene study and audition technique. For real estate I took an intense class…
Q: Who are some of your artistic influences?
A: For filmmaking: Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma… For acting: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins…
Q: If you could change one thing about the film industry what would it be?
A: I would make it more open to artistic endeavors, passion projects and much less about the almighty dollar.
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