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

Hi Benjamin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to create my own original stories, both documentaries and narrative films. The other part was I also wanted to tell stories that everyone could enjoy. We live in an age with a lot of moral and creative freedom in the media we consume. I wanted to tell stories that align with my beliefs and that I would be comfortable showing my kids.

It was also driven by my faith as a Christian and seeing a lack of accurate Christian stories in Hollywood. 33 Years will tell honest stories about real life that inspires others and narrative stories that lead to important conversations. The most recent story we produced is called True North.  Hear is the log line: When John discovers that his dad is bailing on a backpacking trip they have planned for months, his emotions lead him astray and test his survival skills.  The moral lesson of the story is family is more important than an heirloom.

What should our readers know about your business?
33 Years was started out of a desire to tell good stories both in front of the camera and behind it. After film school I experienced several independent film sets that were run very poorly, which affected the crew. Film School has also informed me that 12 hours is “standard” in the film industry, but I quickly learned that 12 hours was the minimum. That many hours in any other industry would be considered overtime, unless you were only working a few days a week. This led me to want to run my sets differently and lead by example to show you can still produce good work, without demanding so much time from each crew member; and their families. The experience of your crew determines the quality of your final product. So when they are exhausted and still being asked to give it all they have, 16 hours into a day they can’t give you their best work.

As a father of a two kids, I am especially sensitive to how much time I spend at work and on film sets. I want to be able to spend time with my kids and my wife on my off days from making films. But after working for 17 hours on some days, all I want to do is sleep and rest. This meant that if I wanted to have career in making movies, I would have to take breaks between projects to be able to spend that quality time with my family. At the same time, to do this full time I wouldn’t be able to take those breaks and be able to make a living at this.

My goal is to make the same level of quality films and still treat my crew members with the respect they deserve, by giving them time off and not demanding they work 16 hours in a day.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in town for a week, I would take them camping in the mountains. Specifically to Turquoise Lake near Leadville Colorado and to climb a Fourteener in the area like Mt. Massive or Mt. Elbert. Some of my favorite memories in Colorado happened while camping. I would also take them to Beau Jos Pizza in Idaho Springs, to experience Colorado pizza.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story stems from an interest in telling good stories. One of the people who helped me grow that passion is Tom Khazoyan, a filmmaker and missionary for the past 20+ years. Tom helped me find connections to a group working on films in Madrid Spain and become part of their crew for one of their projects. He has also been open to reading my scripts and giving me honest feedback on the characters, story arc and how to shoot it. His encouragement has helped me push past my doubts and go tell the stories I have in my head.

Website: https://www.33yearsproductions.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benjaminshunter/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/33yearsproductions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/33_Years

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.hunter.96995/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lyRnUoeGmNl3R2RP7mn-g

Image Credits
Jeff Hunter, Tom Khazoyan, Canada Duncan, Benjamin Hunter, & Josh Taft

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