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Conversations with Frank Weysos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Frank Weysos.

Hi Frank, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all started with a dream hahaha just kidding. But, I mean, not really. I did start dreaming of making movies at a young age and ever since then, it’s been the process of learning how to make them. I moved to New York City armed with a fake resume and started getting jobs on movie sets as my first step.

Then I applied what I learned there and started directing music videos. Next came writing film scripts I feel passionate enough to direct. Then came the process of finding the right team to make it happen to cause you to know… teamwork will make the dream work hahaha ok, bye.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The whole freaking thing is hard. All of it. But it’s also a lot of fun AND if you’re around the right people that fun and comradery usually puts enough juice in the tank to make it all boogie.

The reality is, that it’s a constant battle. No one wants to say “yes” and everyone wants to say “no” but if you stick it out long enough and continue to create and get better, you tend to land on your feet.

At some point, your preparation meets with an opportunity and there you have it… a stroke of luck.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
For a long time, my focus was on music videos. It was sort of my film school in that I could write and direct stories and get on set and learn how to actually make them. Music videos taught me how to write, produce, direct and edit but the bigger picture was always to make the leap over to feature films.

And that’s where I am now, knee-deep in my first feature film. The cool thing is, by doing all the music videos I developed a voice and a frame of reference for all my creative choices moving forward and I think that that style is gonna come through in this first film. Fun, musically driven, and energetically paced.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The film industry is all over the place. Much like the music industry, everyone is still trying to figure out how audiences are going to consume the art and how much they’re willing to pay for it, and blah blah blah. Long gone are the days when artists could just focus on art, leaving the business end of things to the suits.

I see artists having to educate themselves on the process of getting art out there in a way that is profitable to all parties involved. That seems to be the only way to get to keep getting your art financed, which ya know, kinda sucks but also not really.

It’s empowering to understand the business element of your situation and retain some control on that end of things.

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