Boyd Harrington recently caught the attention of creatives and advertisers alike, with the First Place entry, Staying True to Myself in the Celebrate Those Who Dare to Bare It All campaign. The Naked Grape was seeking fresh content that illustrated journey’s of individuals who dared to be their true selves, and live their lives to the fullest. Boyd’s film captured the brave story of someone that followed their creative passion in spite of professional pressure to find their true happiness and success.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up skateboarding the streets of central Mesa, graduated high school in Gilbert (Highland) and still call Arizona my home today. I am proud to say I am still great friends with many of my childhood buddies. Family and friends are a huge priority for me. I met the girl of my dreams in 2005. We were young and in love and tied the knot in 2007. Our love has grown over the years and we have two of the most handsome boys you will ever meet. Jessica and I started our own business (photography and videography) in 2012 and work hard every day to achieve our goals/dreams. Our passion is traveling the world; and we have visited almost 10 countries and are working on a few more this year.
Who is your favorite director and what is one of your all time favorite movies?
I can’t say I have a favorite director, as they each possess strong qualities that appeal to me. As for a favorite movie, The Burbs sticks out in my mind. I watched that movie hundreds of times as a kid and named 2 of my hamsters after Tom Hanks.
If you had an unlimited budget, where would be your dream location to shoot?
Also, who would you hire as an actor/actress in your video?
Anton Yelchin and Gael García Bernal
Describe your film-making background. What got you started?
I got into broadcast journalism in high school but put down the camera shortly after graduating. Over the years I watched a close (talented) friend, JPAULK81, gain success as a director and with his encouragement I picked up the camera and started filming and established my business in 2012.
What was the first film you ever created?
My 1st attempt to shoot a film was with a 60 second piece entitled “Breathe”. I entered an international film festival not expecting much to come of it. I received notification from the committee informing me that I placed in the top 75 out of over 5000 films. Needless to say, this news was exciting and encouraged me to keep trying!
How would you describe your film style?
I feel that cinematography, like any art form, is always changing and style changes with it. Currently I would say my style is getting more fluid.
Share with us your creative process. What have you found inspiring?
Music is what inspires me… sounds cliche, but it’s true. I have been a musician for over 15 years and when I hear the right piece of music, I can formulate a full project in my head, shot for shot. The best way I can explain it is that it’s very similar to how artists can look at a blank canvas and SEE the painting as though it has already been completed.
Which was your favorite contest to participate in? Why?
I would have to say The Naked Grape contest. With this contest I was able to take the time needed to create each piece the way I saw them, as a whole.
Why do you like to work with Zooppa?
Working with Zooppa allows me to really push myself to be more creative. I am constantly working on new projects, pushing my boundaries, finessing my style and becoming a better cinematographer.
How did you come up with the idea for (your winning contest) and what was the process in producing the video?
I have been friends with The Earwig22 for more than 15 years. I watched him go from drawing figures in the dirt to creating astonishing works of art on canvas. He has been through a lot over the past 10 years, but ultimately stopped working day jobs altogether and does art full time now. It takes a lot of guts to break away from the norm and do your own thing. I wanted to highlight his efforts (while also giving him exposure) so that he can continue doing what he loves and simultaneously encourage others to also follow their passions!
He is often commissioned to do large murals for small businesses. I approached him with the idea to walk in his footsteps and film him in action. It just so happened that he was networking with a local business at the time and with their permission we were able to film his story.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
I aim to travel the world, work on full length films, shoot commercials and do everything I can to help artists, musicians, small businesses and creative minds alike, flourish!
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