An Interview With Filmmaker Charles Sporns




Charles Sporns is an aspiring filmmaker, here is a link to his website:


Q: What made you interested in filmmaking?



A: I know that as soon as my parents started telling me bedtime stories, I started telling them some as well. As a kid I would make up stories about everything from kindergarten drawings to my mom’s set of keys. It wasn’t long after that that films became fascinating for me. I remember wanting to do everything I saw on screen, but better. I would watch films and re-imagine them as if I’d made them. You could say that I approached films the same way I approached bedtime stories: by re-telling them differently.


Q: What kind of training do you have?



A: As far as diplomas go, I have a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and a Diploma of Digital Photographic Imaging. Before settling in visual arts I studied music, social science, and computer science, but I didn’t get any degrees in those.


Q:  What inspires you to write?



 A: I don’t think I can narrow down any one thing that inspires me to write as far as subject matter. The easy answer should be “my personal life experience”, but that’s pretty vague. When I look back at my last two films though, they’ve both dealt with women who are looking for some form of affection, so I guess that’s been my inspiration lately.


Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your filmmaking?


A:   My day job is basically freelance filmmaking in one form or another. People rarely pay me to write or direct, so I make due by writing musical scores, editing, shooting music videos, and doing various set jobs. Doing that definitely helps my filmmaking through exposure and experience, but it also takes away from the time I can devote to my own projects. It can be hard to turn down a paying gig, but sometimes I feel I have to. I’m scared of sacrificing my own projects.

Q:  Who are some of your filmmaking influences?



A: My early directing influences were Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice”, “Batman”) and Steven Spielberg (“Indiana Jones”, “Jurassic Park”). I was crazy about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Carrey films as a kid and I’ve been very influenced by popular comedy cartoons like “The Simpsons” and “South Park”. More recently I’ve been influenced by Asian filmmakers such as Park Chan-wook, Zhang Yimou, and Wong Kar Wai aswell as the likes of François Truffaut, Sergio Leone, and Woody Allen.


Q:  What famous actor would you like to direct and why?



A:  I’d say Joaquin Phoenix. He strikes me as someone who really embraces the vulnerability of his characters and who knows how to work with subtlety. I like actors with complex personalities; they’re more interesting to watch. I think Joaquin Phoenix’s complexity  makes his performances very layered and truthful. He’s hard to predict and I love that.


Q:  What is “Banzai War Machine” about?



A: “Banzai War Machine” is a feature film script I’m writing about gun culture and art. It’s an action/adventure film set in post-apocalyptic Japan in which a love-struck art dealer finds himself in the middle of a fight for gun powder. Think a blend of “Star Wars” and Hayao Miyazaki films. The development of the film will be on hiatus until I’ve completed my upcoming feature film, “Serenities”, which is a more feasible, lower-budget project to be shot in China in 2015.


Q: What do you like about the film industry?



A: It allows us to make a living out of telling stories and it enriches our culture through the sharing of ideas and life experiences. I like to think it does, at least.



Q:  What would you change about it?



A: I’d put creative people in charge of the money and ban superhero movies for a while.


Q:. What is your oddest LA story?

A: Sleeping in an open stranger’s garage in Beverly Hills. It didn’t seem like such a good idea when I woke up the next day.


Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)





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