We had the good fortune of connecting with Calvin Shepherd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calvin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is everything for me. I know there’s a look I get every time I say I’m creating another feature when this stage of the film industry really looks to things like music videos, short films, and commercial work, which I do enjoy doing, but I write features all the time. And if it was just writing, I would be stuck creatively. I know it’s a huge risk every time I take on a new independently funded feature film. But I just love doing it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create in stages. I start with screenwriting and then work towards creating a film. I work hard in both my creative field and my day job to push what I can do. All I can do is work hard. And that’s what I do.
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?
I’m a big movie theater fan, but I love small different theaters that 1. have old stadium seating, not recliners. 2. feel like old theaters. I go to the Lyric in Fort Collins a lot. They are massive in helping the independent film scene.
All the theaters in downtown Denver are incredible.
And the best part of those theaters is that they usually have films you wouldn’t find at the chain theaters.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My team. I see film as a complete collaborative process. I create characters and the stories they go through, beyond that I leave the work to my team. My actors know the characters. They become them. On my current film, I am working with some of the most dedicated actors I have ever met including the main characters, Jasmine Day, Matison Card, Brittney Carpenter, and Jesse Davis are giving me their all and it’s incredible to see. My director of photography, Eli Solt, is a master behind the camera. My producer, Jamal Page, can get anything we need done. Those guys are both masters at their work. The best part of filmmaking is working with the most incredible people. Everyone on my current set, Safe House 1618, is absolutely incredible and I don’t know where I’d be without them and I wish I could name them all.
Garrett Brady, Jamal Page