Glad to be here! I actually wanted to be an actor since around the 3rd grade. Did all the plays that my sleepy town would put on. Then in high school I took a technology class that had access to Final Cut Pro 3. (shows how old I am) So my drama friends and I decided to shoot our own short films so that we could act in them. (BTW, those movies are hilariously horrible.) The more we did it though, the more I found I enjoyed being behind the camera. Then I entered college majoring in theater, but after one semester, I changed my major to Film.
As for why we created a web series back in 2006… My good friend Yuri Baranovsky (Who has actually done AMA here - look him up!) and his brother had written an episode for a possible show they were hoping to one day pitch to a network. Then we saw that the show Sunny in Philadelphia was holding a contest on MySpace (yep MySpace) where if you submitted a scene from a show you produced and was chosen, you could win funding to shoot a full episode and then submit it to be greenlit on the FX netowork.
We did not win.
But… the viewers on myspace liked our scene so much and left so many comments on our post asking if there was more, that we just decided to shoot an episode and see what happens. That then led to us shooting 3 seasons and creating our production company, HLG Studios.
If you want to see what my super early filmmaking looked like back in 2006 with no budget and no production lights and a camera shooting on miniDV tape looks like, well then here ya go!