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Featured Member: Brendan Walsh

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unnamedCongratulations to Brendan Walsh for landing #1 in the Shark project! Read here and learn what motivates and inspires him to write and create. You can find more of his work here:

1. Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.

Directing for over ten years, Brendan found his niche in documentary editing while producing short films for orphanages in several third world countries.  He has edited television shows and commercials for HGTV, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and the web for companies such as Microsoft, International Delights, Dr. Scholls, Samsonite, and many more.  Brendan has written numerous feature and television scripts, created sizzle reels that have sold to television, and reimagined what corporate and nonprofit film can achieve.  His company Oak Leaf Media’s debut short documentary, “Space Cadet” will screen in June at the Lighthouse International Film Festival. Brendan has a beautiful wife, Jennifer, and a one year old son, Benson.

2. What brought you to the Zooppa community?

I’ve been on the crowdsourced video scene since around 2007 when video contests started popping up online.  I was very successful for a few years, and so now I try to stay active whenever I can find the free time.  I use www.onlinevideocontests.com and I couldn’t ignore Zooppa when the projects started rolling in!

3. What do you like most about crowdsourced projects?

My favorite thing about these projects is that there is no getting it wrong.  When I participate it’s always a get-up-and-go situation, we have to be creative and remain on brief, but we’ve got to do it quickly!  I’ve had plenty of projects that I don’t take home anything, but I still learned something and exercised my skills.

4. Name 3 artists that have influenced your work.

Aristotle, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walt Disney

5. Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your design?

I went to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Digital Film Production.  My school was a great place to network with creative people and to collaborate on projects.  All of my peers from college have gone on to do awesome things in their own right, and that community of creativity always elevates your own work.

6. What is your favorite style and artistic medium to work on?

Right now I’m torn between screenwriting and documentary film.  In scriptwriting you can travel the universe from your kitchen table in your boxer shorts, in documentary you HAVE to get out into the world and not only be in the action, but capture it creatively.  I love both equally, but time will tell which one pays the mortgage!

7. Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?

In the garden pulling weeds, on the computer writing, or spending time with my family.

8. Choose 5 words to describe your art.

-Cathartic
-Musical
-Structured
-Touching
-Rewarding

9. What projects are you currently working on?

My debut documentary short “Space Cadet” is entering the festival circuit: https://vimeo.com/152166610
I have a Spanish language family film script called “Kick It!” circulating for sale.
I’m on draft 2 of a comedy feature I am cowriting.
I’m in post production on a feature doc about the current wave of surfing culture on LBI, New Jersey.
I’m signed on to produce 2 docu-series this summer.

10. What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the award money, the love for the brand?
This project was recommended by one of my business partners, but usually the brief will catch our attention.  If the brief sparks an idea, we try to jump on it.

11. What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?

The more chances you take, the higher your chances of success.  I know the feeling of “losing” one after the other, but it’s really a numbers game. Just keep trying.

12. 10 years from now where will we see you and your artwork?

10 years from now my feature scripts will be available for wide theatrical release, and my personally directed narrative features will be available through netflix and other streaming services.

 

Chantal Wong

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