Spotlight: Brian Hollendyke

LSP Member Spotlight - 2015.01.12

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

An associate of the group, Kelly Lajter, first referred me to Living Storm Productions when they were in the late stages of pre-production on the upcoming short “Full Circle.” I had been in contact with her via e-mail through her collaborative art group Project Famous.

Having only recently moved to Madison after film school, I was looking to make connections within Madison’s local film community and to meet new people with interests similar to my own.

2. What first interested you in film?

A Reader’s Digest article my mother read me in the year 1995. It was on special effects, specifically how they digitally created the lion in the film 'Jumanji.' The possibility of creating artificial realities and making them seem real elated my five-year-old mind, and started a very long love affair with the art of film.

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

Getting to see something I’ve toiled with for months, sometimes years, happening right in front of me. Production and post-production are equal loves of mine, though I do favor production simply because I’ve had less opportunities thus far in that realm.

4. What is your experience in filmmaking?

I have written, produced, and directed four short films during my college years. My most recent short, Kaylee (, premiered in Cannes, France and will have it’s US debut at the BIFF Beloit International Film Festival.

I have also been a working freelance filmmaker for over two years, serving as videographer and editor on documentary style commercials for as well as a social media videographer for a Madison-based Biotech company. Aside from these, I have also been a camera operator/director of photography on three short films, sound operator on two, and assistant sound mixer on one feature.

Finally, I have helped to teach budding filmmakers how to create their first short films through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee through their Spread the Word PSA project. This video was chosen as the audience favorite amongst the other great entries by the middle-school aged filmmakers.

5. What are some of your filmmaking ambitions?

I aspire to get involved more on the creative end of short films and commercial work. I hope to expand into feature work as well by directing more of my own short films and eventually evolving to either serialized television/Netflix shows as well as feature length films.

— with Brian Hollendyke.

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