Zooppa Featured Member: Hero Status Films

PROMO-Sean_Mary_0108This week’s featured member, Sean Cunningham comes to us from California. He is a member of the Hero Status Films team and with a love for comedy, music production and script writing he is always creating! The team just  snagged first place for the Volo Vitamins project,  check it out .

1. What brought you to the Zooppa community?

When I first checked out Zooppa I was like. Yup. I wanna do that.

2. What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?

Crowd sourced videos can be great because you have complete creative control and can take chances on projects. On the other hand, it can be pretty competitive and you never know what the client is going to choose, which is half the fun.

3. Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.

A few filmmakers that have influenced my work are John Hughes, Spike Jones, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Zemeckis, and David Lynch. All very, very different styles but their movies made me want to get into filmmaking. 

4. Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?

I went to Binghamton University and took film classes. We didn’t learn the production side of things, so mostly I’ve been self taught as a director, camera person and editor. That’s the best way to do it anyway, just trying and failing a bunch of times before you make something decent.

5. What is your favorite genre of film to create?

My favorite genre to create is dramedy. I do love straight up comedy but the best kind of comedy isn’t always laugh out loud. There’s some darkness to it, some awkwardness and humility.

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

On a Saturday afternoon I’m either recording music, writing scripts or building furniture out of found material. 

7. Choose 5 words to describe your art.

Five words to describe my art: a rapid wave of inspiration.

8. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a few short films, writing a feature, building furniture, and recording an album.

9. What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?

For the Volo campaign I thought of a few fitness friends that would be great for the project and it seemed to work out because we won!

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

Advice to fellow Zooppers: Don’t enter anymore contests. Just let me win them all.  Thanks.

11. 10 years from now where will we see you and your films?

Ten years from now I’ll probably be at the Academy Awards, receiving an Oscar for best film. ;)

Check out more work on www.herostatusfilms.com


Colette Marien

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