Spotlight: Bryan Royston

LSP Member Spotlight - 2014.12.01

1. How did you find out about Living Storm Productions? What made you want to become part of the group?

As one of the co-founders, co-owners and CIO ofLiving Storm Productions, (LSP), I’ve actually been around since its inception. But I was first introduced to Alejandro Contreras when I came on board to be an extra in an earlier project of his, "The Sentinel's Flight," (TSF), which was a production of LSP’s predecessor company,Sentinel Productions LLC. I enjoyed the experience so much that I stayed on to help in other ways. When a new company came out of the experience, I was in the right place at the right time, was motivated, and became a part of the new group.

2. What first interested you in film?

I had taken some beginning acting classes at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison when I attended previously for my Computer Science degree. When I auditioned for a mid-level course near the end of my CS degree and didn’t get in, I figured it was not meant to be. However, when the opportunity arose again as part of TSF, I realized that the acting bug had never left, but had just lain dormant for a while.

3. For you, what’s the most exciting part about making a film?

I think the most exciting part is taking something very internal, from the mind of the writer and working together as a team to bring it to the masses. It goes from being very personal to very public, (hopefully). It’s a rewarding challenge to see how accurately we can reflect what was in their mind in the first place. I also love taking something that is so process-oriented, intricately detailed, complicated, and dynamic and “fooling” the audience into believing its simple, linear, and real. If we do our job right, the viewer should be lost in the film, and not be thinking about all that went on in the background to bring the finished product to them. It’s very fulfilling when this is accomplished successfully. Additionally, I love working in such a hard-working and motivated team, with other filmmakers old and new. I’ve made a number of good friendships in this line of work and am constantly amazed at the dedication many people show to the craft, often working insane hours for little-to-no monetary compensation. Of course, the compensation comes in other ways.

4. What is your experience in filmmaking?

As mentioned above, I have been with LSP since its inception in 2010. My work with TSF occurred prior to that in 2009. Since then, I have been involved with a number of films and local film companies, including LSP, Project Famous,Makeshift Media GroupCRADEmade Entertainment, and Loxley Pictures, to name a few. I’ve also worked on projects for the 48 Hour Film Project for the last 3 years. In all of these projects, I’ve worked both in front of the camera as well as behind, helping out wherever I can.

5. What are some of your filmmaking ambitions?

My filmmaking ambitions include, (but are by no means limited to), writing a short film of my own and seeing it completed, directing a project, and producing a film with LSP that gets exposure beyond our little corner of the Midwest. The second ambition may be realized very soon. smile emoticon

In closing, yes, I HAVE been accused of being a little verbose from time to time, (you have no idea how much constraint I used in limiting what I said above), and no, I did NOT attend the New York Film Academy.

— with Bryan Royston.

Robert Westervelt