Coming live and direct to your computer screen out of Los Angeles is one of the freshest filmmakers we’ve had the pleasure of knowing- Drew Todd. This guy is a serious jack of all trades and his work speaks volumes. A few days ago we were lucky enough to snag a quick little Q & A session with him in between projects. Scope out what he’s all about, what he’s been up to, and what’s in store for the future:
Name: Drew Todd
Place of Residence: Los Angeles
Current Jam: Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce
Favorite Food: Sushi
Art medium/style: Film/Loose
Ark: Tell us a little about yourself.
Drew: I’m originally from Boulder, Colorado and have been living in LA/Hollywood for almost three years now. I like to think of myself as a renaissance man- I like to be involved in a whole lot of things. Currently my greatest pursuit is pushing the envelope in filmmaking, motion graphics, and web media with my partner, Samy Mosher, and our company, THE YAY!TEAM.
A: What and/or where are some of the things you draw inspiration from?
D: I’m inspired by little things around me everyday. The smallest nuances can sometimes turn into the driving force of creativity. I try to discover new art and photography on a regular basis to drive my own creations.
A: What is your favorite medium to use when shooting film?
D: I love 16mm- you can’t match the look of 16 with digital. It’s gritty and has a very hands-on feeling to it. You can really feel the filmmaker’s blood and sweat in every frame. Sadly, it’s becoming a medium of the past since digital filmmaking has become so prominent and affordable.
A: Who are some of your favorite artists?
D: Alfred Hitchcock-film.
Martin Scrosese- film.
Terry Richardson- photography.
A: Tell us about your most memorable, funny, awkward… (fill in the blank) encounter or moment you have had over time while shooting film.
D: We were shooting an elaborate dolly shot at the 16th street mall in downtown Denver. My film permits fell through the day before we were set to shoot and instead of pushing, I decided to make fake permits. We started filming the dolly shot and attracted a crowd of at least 80 people watching when a couple cops came up and asked for our permits. I decided to gamble and gave them the fake permits, which they looked over for a minute, decided they were legit, and helped us keep the crowd back for the remainder of the day. It was amazing.
A: What is your favorite type of shot to capture?
D: I love close-ups and extreme close-ups of people’s eyes. The eyes are more telling than any line of dialogue.
A: If you had to pick one for the rest of eternity, film or digital?
A: What are some of the other hobbies you’re into other than shooting film?
D: Making music, graphic & web design, working out, snowboarding, and attempting to surf.
A: Any last words???
D: Go check out our video that was selected for the semi-finals of the Crunch Gym “No Judgments” national contest HERE. You can also view a sampling of our work at: http://www.theyayteam.com.