We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
The end goal is to have some really impactful films under my belt as a director/writer and to be able to look back on the connections and family I have made through my time as a filmmaker. It takes so many people to make a good film, which is a huge reason I’m drawn to filmmaking. I absolutely love the community aspect of this profession.

Films have such a lasting impact on people because it provides an immersive space for people to experience new things and learn more about themselves and life. If I can help at least one person with a message in my film, then I will be happy.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a filmmaker and mixed media artist. I primarily work with video, animation & photos.

I am most proud and excited about the music videos I have created. Those projects are where I get to really be an artist, conceptualizing, pulling meaning and visuals from within myself.

Working with musicians is one of my favorite things. Getting to know an artist and getting the inside scoop on their thought process and meaning behind their song is so fulfilling. It feels like I am being let in on something magical and raw.

Working on their video gives me a chance to wrap my head around an idea or message that is in their song. Then get to use all the knowledge I’ve gained along my filmmaking journey to translate their message into visuals. I’m always excited to help a musician come up with the visuals to their song. It almost feels like I’m eagerly finishing their sentence while they talk to me or something. It’s exciting!

I also typically learn something about myself from the collaboration and that is just so rewarding to me. I couldn’t ask for more.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh! I would take them to Morrison and Red Rocks. First, do some hiking at Red Rocks because it’s absolutely gorgeous and there is so much musical history and great energy there. Then to Morrison to the rooftop patio above the Italian place for a charcuterie board and drinks. Then we would hop around the little strip in Morrison to watch some live music, dance, enjoy a fire, and talk/laugh on the patio while looking at the foothills and beautiful western sky.

I am from Ohio so I haven’t been to many places in Colorado yet. But Red Rocks and Morrison has so much western charm and makes me feel like a Cowgirl. Ha, ha!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow. Yeah. First off, shout out to God, my mom, my dad, and my brother. I have an amazing foundation because of the good God has brought into my life and the love and trust my family has put in me.

Then shout out to all my Columbus, Ohio filmmakers who got me started! Rob Robol, Ron Vaughan, Max Rodriguez, Scott Handle and everyone at Ohio HD Video, George Barrie, Josh Emerick, Logan Floyd, and the guys at Loose Films.

From listening to my very first interests in filmmaking, bringing me on my first sets, critiquing my work, cheering me on when I made my first films, listening to my crazy ideas, teaching me about cameras, lighting, editing, etc. And setting the bar high by showing me AMAZING work. I can’t thank these people enough!! I look up to all of them and always will.

Also, a huge shoutout to my partner Kevin Adams for being my biggest supporter, showing me my worth, and mentoring me in post-production.

Website: www.ambearmedia.com

Instagram: @ambear_thomp

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-thompson-151812131

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl9fR0XvOX5pH4tFT667CvA

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