2014

Armen Perian

1) How did you get into directing?
My interest in directing really started when I enrolled in photography class my senior year in high school.

I used to sneak into the labs after hours to develop my black & white film - it’s where I learned the foundations of the medium.

When DSLRs started having video capabilities, I began experimenting with moving images. My sister is a writer; her constant story-telling rubbed off on me and directing was a natural fit.

Charles Nordeen

1) How did you get into directing?
My stepfather was a filmmaker, so I always grew up with cameras around and would even occasionally get to be on set. He would teach me how to shoot and we would edit with multiple VHS tape decks. Growing up with it in my natural setting I always had a desire to be behind the camera, but ended up on a path more focused in the performing arts, directing theatrical productions and acting. When I got the opportunity to direct a music video, I immediately felt at home and knew that was where I was supposed to be.

Montana Mann

1) How did you get into directing?
Directing has always been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I have a passion for photography, storytelling and music - what other career is there where you can merge all these components together so powerfully?

2) What is your most recent project?
I just finished wrapping a presentation pilot and a branded content video for a new apparel company.

Brandon LaGanke

1) How did you get into directing?
I didn’t go to film school. When I moved to New York after college from Cleveland, Ohio, I started in the edit room cutting other people’s features, commercials, and short-form projects. Many times, I would tell myself, I can do better. I learned by constantly making stuff. I would come home from work, (and still do) and start producing my own short films, music videos or spec commercials.

The Kloons

1) How did you get into directing?
The three of us have been making each other laugh since we were 18, but after college we found ourselves continually coming up with ideas for scenes and sketches. We were tired of waiting for something cool to happen to us, and had the right amount of courage and naiveté to buy a camera and think that we could make it happen.

David Kestin

1) How did you get into directing?
I’ve always taken photographs, made music, and written stories. I inevitably began combining these mediums which led me down the path to filmmaking, where I landed as a director, and couldn’t feel more at home.

2) What is your most recent project?
My last two short films, The Air Mattress and Open House, recently premiered at the New York Film Festival.

I’m currently writing a television show, a couple feature films, and directing music videos and branded content.

Bess Kargman

1) How did you get into directing?
I thought my interest in shooting was something that developed in my early 20s but just recently I found a photo of myself holding a camera at the age of five (so it turns out I’ve wanted to do this for a lot longer than I ever realized).

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