Film Courage: How many years did you work on just short films?
Peter Dukes, Filmmaker: I did short films in college so that was going back to…well I’ll put it this way…I’ve been making short films since I was a kid with the old block camcorder that had to be plugged into the wall.
But if we’re talking about real films with crews (professional or at least semi-professional) I think my first was in 1999 or 2000?
I took about a four year break once I moved to Los Angeles, didn’t know anybody, didn’t have any money. I needed to put some pieces together and once I did that it probably was 2005 and I think my last short film (to date at least) was a fun little crime action film called SWEET MADNESS which I believe was 2015? So a good solid 10 years of just we are not talking student films or kid films. Me going out pulling in investors and producers, pulling the crew together, just getting it done was probably a good solid 10 years…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Bio [from IMDB]:
Peter Dukes is a prolific multi-award winning writer, director and producer who’s films have been distributed the world over. He founded Dream Seekers Productions in the early 2000’s and, after making a name for himself in the world of short form content with well over a dozen films such as Little Reaper, The Beast, The New World, Sweet Madness, A Goblins’s Tale and more, he rocketed into the feature world with Escape Room (2017), a horror film starring Skeet Ulrich (Scream, Riverdale) and Sean Young (Blade Runner, The Alienist), that screened theatrically across the world, opened up as the number one DVD/streamed movie in the UK and enjoyed a nationwide release in the US through Redbox and VOD. He followed that up with Portal (2018), starring Heather Langenkamp (of A Nightmare On Elm Street fame), Ryan Merriman (The Ring 2, Final Destination 3), Jamie Tisdale (The Devil’s Candy, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series), Najarra Townsend (Contracted 1 & 2) and Reinaldo Zavarce (Jane The Virgin, Don Quixote). Known for being proactive in his approach to filmmaking, Peter has several more features in development.
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