Hello from a California that's on fire.
I'm a documentary director that's drawn to stories that inspire awe, especially when it comes to the meaningful moments of life. This was a big year for me as I got my first film in theaters (Free Burma Rangers). It was a big accomplishment for us. 650 theaters in February, and because of Covid shtting down theaters in March it's currently the #1 theatrical doc of 2020. 🤷🏼♂️. What a strange year for the industry. Now the film is on Amazon Video.
I've been directing for almost 20 years: a feature doc on HIV/AIDS “Dear Francis” (Showtime), an early comedy webseries “Lovin’ Lakin” (Hulu - Kristen Bell, Seth McFarlin), but my main time has been spent making mini documentaries for nonprofit organizations. www.brentgudgel.com. I did a decade in Hollywood, then several years in Austin, TX, and now I'm back in California near Yosemite. Gear has come and gone over the years and I currently don't have a ton. I used to be quite into gear though. My DP and I inadvertently contributed to the DSLR revolution in '08 when we put this D90 camera test online, several months before the 5D came out. We didn't think anyone would see it - and we didn't even white balance properly - but it went kinda viral in the community because the DSLR depth of field difference was so striking. I definitely never got hired because of that poorly shot video.
It's wonderful to find out about this forum.