Aspiring filmmakers have always struggled to find a way to get their projects made, from racking-up credit card bills to persuading investors that their film is the next Paranormal Activity. When that film is only 10 minutes long, it’s especially hard. Just ask NYC-based filmmaker Jim McMahon:
“I’m a filmmaker at heart, but there are days when I wish I’d been born with a passion for writing instead. All I’d need is my laptop and a table at Starbucks,” he said, perhaps only half-joking.
Jim didn’t initially set out to be a filmmaker. He enrolled at the University of Montana thinking he’d be a veterinarian, but instead spent the winter snowboarding and the summer hanging at the local river. It wasn’t long before his grades suffered and he was forced to leave school. Unsure of what to do, he joined the Army National Guard. “Basic training was every bit as hard as it looks, and I regretted my enlistment immediately. But, I must admit, the structured regiment made me get my life together. Also, I learned how to survive the apocalypse.”
After 16 weeks of basic training, he re-enrolled in school, changing his major to journalism, with an emphasis in radio/TV production. It was in his senior TV production class that a classmate told him about a film called Fight Club that had just opened at the local theater. He went to see it, and had an epiphany: “My mind was blown. I remember telling my classmate the next day ‘Someone made that movie!’ I guess I just hadn’t ever thought about the fact that I could do that for a living.
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