Film Courage: Eli, where does a great story begin for you?
Elias Daughdrill, Long Beach City College Film Professor and Writer/Director: Ahhh…I don’t know? That’s a hard question to start with. Where does it begin? Do you mean something that I’m writing or something that I’m experiencing? Something that I’m watching?
Film Courage: Could be both? You can maybe think of a movie that drew you into your love for film.
Eli: I guess it’s not necessarily the story that engages me, it’s more point of view. I think point of view is the most important thing because I think that we tell a lot of the same stories but it is the way that they are told, the waythat they are executed that makes them interesting, that makes them unique. I think that’s the thing that I respond to, that’s the thing that I’m most conscious of, what is my point of view in trying to tell a story. What am I trying to get at that’s different than someone else’s approach to the story?
So it’s that, their view of the world and that point of view can be political, it can be apolitical, it can be philosophical. It’s the uniqueness of the perspective of the person telling the story that I think is the most important.
ELIAS DAUGHDRILL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – FILM LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE.
Eli Daughdrill teaches courses in both film production and film studies. He is a working filmmaker; his documentary Jonas, which details his brother’s struggles with schizophrenia, is available via Amazon. He has written and directed several short films (including Professor, Cosmetics, and Open My Eyes) and is currently in production on his feature film, Faith. Professor Daughdrill earned an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and their two sons.
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