Writer and Director Noel Douglas Orput took some time to discuss his latest film, Forever Beautiful, which was screened as part of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles held at Sunset Gower Studios in the heart of Hollywood, CA. We asked Orput about his goals, latest projects and lessons he’s learned while being in the industry. Get to know Orput and his film:
Tell us a little bit about your project and how long you’ve been working on it.
Forever Beautiful is a film that I made to communicate some of my feelings about the effects of technology on human relationships. These days, I think people communicate more in a virtual world rather than in person because it is a safer environment where people can be the best version of themselves. From writing the script to finishing post was about six months.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank for helping out with this film?
I always thank my cast and crew because they invest so much time and energy for little to no pay. But I know it’s because the material speaks to them on a certain level, so it’s truly a labor of love. But I would like to give a special shout-out to my DP, Ben Demaree. He did such a great job at capturing the mood of this piece.
How does it feel to have your film part of the NewFilmmakers Screening at Sunset Gower Studios?
I’m thrilled to have my film be a part of NewFilmmakers LA because it’s a local festival that is well-supported by other members of the film community. Any chance to have a screening in LA is huge and I am so happy that they responded to my film.
What inspires you?
It sounds so unoriginal, but passion inspires me, especially people who allow their passions to inspire them to action.
Who are your influences and who do you admire?
How many lines do I get?! Briefly, I am influenced by P.T. Anderson, Tom McCarthy, Woody Allen, and Wes Anderson. I admire my mom and anyone who has found inner peace.
What lessons have you learned from the industry so far?
I’ve learned that as an artist, you can’t sit around and wait for something to happen. You have to make your own opportunities and allow your audience to come to you.
If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be?
I would love to work with Will Ferrell someday. And Woody Allen would be cool too.
What is the toughest experience you’ve ever had to overcome?
Losing my father. I have a friend who once told me that you never really grow up until you lose a parent. Sadly, he was right.
What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you?
You can only be responsible for making your work the best it can be. If you do that, the world will respond accordingly.
What advice would you give to new filmmakers starting out in the industry?
I feel like I’m still looking for advice, so to give some seems arrogant. But again, I would just say if you have a film you want to make, take the steps to make it happen. These days, anyone can make a film. It just takes confidence and effort.
Where can we expect to see you next?
I am in pre-production for a 1/2 hour TV spec pilot that I wrote called “Livin’ the Dream”. I will be co-directing and the pilot will feature Sally Kirkland, Robert Torti, and Alison Arngrim. Production starts June 23.
Let our readers know where they can find more information about you and your projects.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Support short films!
Want more info?
Visit the NewFilmmakers LA Official Website at www.NFMLA.org for more information on screenings, tickets and more.
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