|Which have been the most symbolic works of your career?
After a series of small local festival prizes, I won a special award at Golden Drum international commercial festival with my public service ad 'He loves me - he loves me not'.
With my latest short psycho-thriller, 'Epilogue' I've been recently selected in the competition program of Seattle International Film Festival and several other festivals. http://balazsloth.com/epilogus/
Wow, all of them! Each is unique and has a growth factor. My first feature cause it was banned in Australia even though classified PG. My second feature cause it got police raided during the making! A CO Production feature I kit with tech and staff - we learned how NOT to make a film when my team wanted to walk out after first days shoot! My fourth feature, cause you gotta know when to pull the plug.
My first short with Filmaka cause it inspired me to make more. I've made a LOT of those since. Won lots of awards.
My next big exciting film will be Directing Kirstie Alley after she tweeted in Feb 2010 suggesting we should make a film together :) Sooo excited!
In freelance, it's been an article for Writer's Digest on my personal #TwitterPIMPangel journey through Twitter. It'll be published in an upcoming issue.
In screenwriting, I'm adapting the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with it's author for the screen. www.slaverybyanothername.com
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The most notable work I've done is most probably a short film entitled "I Fought For You" which met with aprox 10M online and live views. A truly viral sensation. To date (as of Nov 2011) my work (which is not done in a vacuum - always a team effort) has won 9 National Awards including Telly's, CINE Golden Eagles, Pixie's, and Film Fest wins.
Well, every single film is a different challenge but I am really proud of things that I did to promote a few films in Mexico, such as:
MI3: I got a great PR campaign and I got a lot of free advertising for the movie.
Transformers: Thanks to the promotion in media that I did, the film achieved the box office goal for the first weekend.
Blades of glory: Got a sponsor to give away a trip to promote the movie.
The Barnyard: I create a great invitation for the Film Premiere that helped with the branding of the movie.
We've not yet released our first short, so nothing so far!
While my work occurred behind the scenes, my contributions were central to many clients winning Oscars and Emmy awards over the years.
This to me was the key to my success, that my name would be mentioned when thanking participants in broadcast and filmed movies I was a part of.
Additionally, it was gratifying to be requested for subsequent productions, as a professional advisor and consultant.
I filmed, directed and edited a short documentary film called 'Take Only Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints' it was based on the philosophy of Urban Exploration whose motto is ‘Take Only Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints’ the idea of entering hard to reach places to explore and document not to steal.
The film follows a photographer as he explores an iconic Birmingham building, the Birmingham Battery and Metal Co. in Selly Oak, Birmingham, England.
I think this is certainly the most symbolic because the closing line of narration asks what will happen to this building in the future, whether it will be torn down or refurbished. And as it happened it was torn down two months later.
I'd say my short animation which is a dedcation to South Park and their 200th episode. I animated a short film for them, where their main 4 characters had to be girls for the day at school, I did all the animation, voices, editing, everything and it was the most popular video on the Sout Park website for weeks.
My favorite projects have been "Chasing Kerouac", "Space in the Room" and "Jericho".
As in who has influenced me/us? I'd say Heyday productions has influenced me majorly, and i aspire to produce films to their standard someday.
Before television, I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing Russell Peters. One of Canada's most popular comedian who has made his name known around the world.
Since being in television, I have interviewed so many wonderful people including: Coco Rocha (SuperModel), Stacey McKenzie (Canada's Next Top Model), Lou Diamond Phillips (Actor), Dylan Lauren (Ralph Lauren's daughter), many top athletes from Vancouver's Winter Olympic Games, and the list goes on...
The Other Half
The first time I was paid a salary to express my opinion--my very own critique--of a film, it was a soul-searching day.
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