Newport Beach native, Parker Seaman, is a young up-and-coming filmmaker who has one eye on the prize and the other in the viewfinder of his camera at all times.
Parker grew up filming his friends surfing and skating in and around Newport and after graduating high school. He packed up and moved to New York to study at the prestigious New York Film Academy where he’s currently about to enter into his sophomore year.
The amount of raw talent this guy has is seriously commendable, considering most people who work in the film industry mainly specialize in just one single area of the film. Parker on the other hand… dabbles in everything from storyboarding, to writing, to direction and filming- and even edits his own footage; which is certainly no small feat. AND in addition to being talented with the camera/pen, he’s also pretty handy with a mic.
Continue reading to find out what he’s all about and what makes Parker Seaman tick: in his edition of the Weekly Feature. Enjoy!
Name: Parker Seaman
Place of Residence: West Hollywood, CA
Current Jam: “Welcome home” by Radical Face
Favorite Food: Any type of Panini
Mode of Self Expression: Filmmaking
Ark: Hey Parker. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a bit about yourself?
Parker: I grew up in Corona del Mar CA. Started making little skate and surf videos as a kid. Nothing serious. But I was having so much fun it became just non stop documenting of everything.
Ark: Who are a few of your favorite artists, musicians, photographers, (cinematographers/videographers), athletes or personalities that you have looked up to over the years?
Parker: Well there are a few different answers for that. When it comes to comedy I 100% love Judd Apatow. But as far as Direction and Cinematography I’d have to say Wes Anderson. As far as all around best EVERYTHING I vote Christopher Nolan. There’s not a single Film of his that I haven’t seen at least 3 times.
Ark: Was there a specific “a ha” moment in your life when you realized you wanted to turn your passion for shooting and editing footage into a career, or did it just kind of naturally come to be?
Parker: Like I said it all started as little skate and surf videos as a kid. But in high school I got offered a position to make videos for the school rallies which in the past consisted of dumb clips of althetes talking about the current season of whatever they played then 40 seconds of our mascot dancing in slow motion. So I wasn’t into it. But they told me I could literally do whatever I wanted, and showing a 10 min short to the whole school sounded awesome. So that started what was very similar to “ SNL Digital Shorts” but at school. That not only increased my ability but it taught me to make my work on a time schedule with guidelines and story structure. What started as filming my friends and I kick flipping 5 stairs was now guys sitting around a storyboard spitting ideas that would make the whole school laugh. I knew after two years of doing this that it was what I really wanted to do. I was always looking for a way to act out, I bought a camera and it acted out for me.
Ark: Let’s talk about creativity and inspiration for a moment. Whether it’s in your personal life or with your filmmaking, where do you usually look to for inspiration?
Parker: Well I try to write stories loosely based of things that have happened to me. It makes the writing process much easier. What I’ll do is take that life scenario and then tweak the details to make it as ridiculous as possible. As far as my other side of filmmaking ( less about inappropriate jokes and more artistic side) I try to capture the most real moments possible . Nothing better than getting that organic moment because when people see it they can appreciate the real feeling in the film.
Ark: What is your ideal “dream camera setup” to film with, and if you had to choose between one of the other for the rest of eternity… Would you go with film or digital?
Parker: My Ideal camera set up would consist of a 35mm Panavision camera that shoots just as easily as digital and there’s no Film processing it just plugs into your computer (which will never exist). What makes Film and Digital different is digital is so easy to use and it’s not that expensive. Therefore everything that everyone is shooting nowadays looks fantastic which is making a business that is already competitive A MILLION times more competitive. With film you can come across many issues and it’s costly. But it has a unique look that no one can copy. So I choose FILM.
Ark: Alright. Now it’s time for the lightning round”. If you could please answer as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it.
*Parker’s answers are in RED
- Nikon or Canon? – Canon
- On-location or In studio shoots? – On location
- Mac or PC? – MAC ( if you’re using a PC to make movies I suggest you do yourself a favor and go to the closest body of water and throw that thing right into it cause they suck.)
- Electro or rock music? – Electro
- Tacos or burritos? – Burritos
Ark: We’re all about learning the creative processes different artists take when it comes time to start a new project. Is there some form of routine you tend to stick to, or does it vary each time?
Parker: I just have to be in the mood. I currently have a project right now that in the writing process I wrote it in less then 24 hours just writing through the night. Then after shooting I waited over a week to start editing but when I did I finished almost all the film in two days. It just clicks and once I start I don’t stop unless I pass out on my key board.
Ark: What is the strangest, most memorable, funny, awkward… (fill in the blank) encounter your filming has led you to over the years?
Parker: We were shooting a movie in Vegas and literally everything that could go wrong on a film set went wrong. On the 2nd or 3rd day of shooting we had a night scene right off the vegas strip where a character is throwing up and another is disgusted by the whole thing. While shooting we just wern’t getting the reaction we needed from the guy not throwing up. So I went up to the actor throwing up and we came up with a plan where he would actually throw up. No one but the actor and I knew. So when I called action he just starts violently throwing up and the crew and actor just started losing it because not only was he actually throwing up but there we were right on the Vegas strip with a whole camera crew and a dude throwing up in front of a whole crowd of families and tourist.
Ark: If you heard a knock at your front door tomorrow and opened it to find a camera crew and a guy in a suit standing there with an over-sized check telling you that you had just won the lottery, what would be your next move?
Parker: I would take a script that I currently have tucked away waiting to shoot at anytime. Get my friends together and shoot it. Use that money to put huge production value into it, maybe some good cameos and hopefully be good enough to get noticed. I’d love to live in a world that would consist of a Production company throwing us money to make 2 or 3 feature films a year and not only Writing and Directing but Acting as well. That would be the ultimate nirvana for me.
Ark: What are a few of your hobbies/ how do you like to spend your free time when you’re not filming or editing?
Parker: Aside from filmmaking I love to do stand up comedy. I have done a few shows in Hollywood and there’s nothing more nerve-wracking then standing on stage in front of a crowd and telling jokes.
Ark: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Parker. Any last words for the readers?
Parker: Just pursue your passion and believe that whatever your dream is what will happen. It may not be right this second but enjoy the ride till you get there and embrace the chaos in between.
Now kick up those feet and watch Parker’s Film “10 DAYS NO SHOWER”:
You can also view more of his work by visiting his Vimeo channel. All you have to do is click HERE