This week’s Zooppa Featured Member comes to us from Los Angeles, California. Joe Binetti is a filmmaker and CEO of 30 Whiskers Entertainment, a production company specializing in commercials and branded content. Joe has won several awards at Zooppa, most recently taking 1st Place in the Luvs: Be Featured On Our Show campaign. Learn a little bit more about him!
What first interested you in film?
My buddy got a camcorder for a project in college and we couldn’t put it
down for months.
What drew you to the Zooppa community?
Zooppa has been a respected crowdsourcing company for a while now. Not
sure what drew me there in the beginning, but I continue to go back as they
continue to put out some fun assignments.
What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?
The creative freedom from ideation through post-production. If you’ve
worked with agencies and brands, you know how exhilarating that creative
What do you like to do when you’re not creating video masterpieces?
I like to brew my own beer. I just finished an Imperial Stout that’s
probably my best brew yet.
Where is home for you?
Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?
Georgetown University. I studied finance and the filmmaking came a few
years after graduation. I took an 8-week course at the New York Film
Academy and moved to LA shortly after that.
What/where do you find inspiration for your films? Share a bit about your creative process.
I don’t have a process per se. Inspiration can strike at any moment so
I just have to wait it out. Sometimes ideas are flowing and other times it
can take days to think up that perfect concept.
Which was your favorite Zooppa contest to participate in? Why?
Zappos. I had a lot of fun making a couple of submissions and got to
work with my wife on that one. She’s a wonderful actress. And I won a
little bit of money too which doesn’t hurt.
What are you currently working on (job, films)?
Currently working on a handful of crowd-sourced assignments, including
a couple here on Zooppa.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
Besides nirvana and world peace, perhaps a children’s film.
Link us to any work/a portfolio that you would like mentioned.