When Nothing Is Happening Here Is How To Get A Movie Project Off The Ground by Mark Gantt

Film Courage: Jesse [Warren] came to you in acting class and said “I have a part for you that’s perfect.” What was the process like writing the script because you were putting in your own flair to it (personal or imagined stories)?

Mark Gantt, Writer/Director/Actor/PhotographerSo he [Jesse Warren] brought me the script [THE BANNEN WAY] and then I read it. I said “This is great. It’s very similar to THE ITALIAN JOB.” He’s like “Yes, I know. I’m thinking about reworking it.”

Then literally nothing happened. Six months go by, we sort of do our own thing and that’s it. I read it, gave him some notes and he was doing his thing, I was doing my thing.

And then I’m in class, I’m acting and I’m doing all of these scenes that they had assigned me because I was having issues owning myself as an actor. Like…I can do this! I can have a career. I was sort of frustrated and I wasn’t really breaking through. So I was on this journey of two years, breaking through, taking really big risks as an actor. At the end of this period (the six months after that) I was realizing like “Oh man…I’m feeling really good. I can’t get a job in the real world. It’s just not happening.”

Alan Barton who was teaching that night said to my scene partner…she was frustrated with her career, her sister was very famous. She felt that she was better than her sister as an actor and yet she couldn’t get a job. And he said “You’ve got to build your own door and walk through it. Forget her thing. Forget her journey. You’re on your own journey.”

He was talking to her but I heard it and was like in that moment I’m worried so much about getting a casting director to call me or the right agent to submit me that I should just be making my own stuff?”…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


About Mark Gantt:

Whether he’s working on features or commercials, award-winning director Mark Gantt is in the business of authentic, creative visual experiences. With a diverse, 20-year career in the industry, he has learned the business from the ground up, and had the good fortune of collaborating with top directors, including Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, and Robert Rodriguez.

Whether he’s working on features or commercials, award-winning director Mark Gantt is in the business of authentic, creative visual experiences. With a diverse, 20-year career in the industry, he has learned the business from the ground up, and had the good fortune of collaborating with top directors, including Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Sam Raimi, and Robert Rodriguez.

As versatile as he is ambitious, Mark has demonstrated a penchant for the entire creative process, using forays into writing, acting, and producing to inform his directorial philosophies. For two years running, Mark has created successful spots for ESPN and Nissan’s Heisman House campaign and popular and effective branded campaigns for GMC, AOL and Lifetime.

He has the unique ability to work with a wide variety of individuals. From celebrities and professional actors, to athletes, “real people,” and newcomers, he’s able to capture the small, authentic gestures and behaviors that bring stories to life. In his craft, he is dedicated to capturing the raw realities of life, and demonstrating the inherent beauty of the everyday.

A multi-medium visual and performance artist, Mark integrates his talents as a painter, photographer, actor and graphic artist into each production’s look and style. He utilizes technical expertise, a keen eye for detail, and a genuine love of storytelling to transform words from concepts into visual realities.

His feature directorial debut, Murder In Mexico, starring Colin Egglesfield, premiered on Lifetime and was well received by both critics and audiences. He also directed a dark action/drama pilot for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form Digital called Intricate Vengeance. As a Writer and Producer, Mark is best known for co-creating, producing and starring in the ground breaking, Streamy award-winning series, The Bannen Way for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television.

He is currently in post on his second feature, the indy thriller Model Citizen shot in New Mexico. He’s also hard at work on a number of TV and Feature properties in various stages of development. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife Brianne Davis, their son Davis and dog Bear. 

As versatile as he is ambitious, Mark has demonstrated a penchant for the entire creative process, using forays into writing, acting, and producing to inform his directorial philosophies. For two years running, Mark has created successful spots for ESPN and Nissan’s Heisman House campaign and popular and effective branded campaigns for GMC, AOL and Lifetime.


He has the unique ability to work with a wide variety of individuals. From celebrities and professional actors, to athletes, “real people,” and newcomers, he’s able to capture the small, authentic gestures and behaviors that bring stories to life. In his craft, he is dedicated to capturing the raw realities of life, and demonstrating the inherent beauty of the everyday.


A multi-medium visual and performance artist, Mark integrates his talents as a painter, photographer, actor and graphic artist into each production’s look and style. He utilizes technical expertise, a keen eye for detail, and a genuine love of storytelling to transform words from concepts into visual realities.


His feature directorial debut, Murder In Mexico, starring Colin Egglesfield, premiered on Lifetime and was well received by both critics and audiences. He also directed a dark action/drama pilot for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form Digital called Intricate Vengeance. As a Writer and Producer, Mark is best known for co-creating, producing and starring in the ground breaking, Streamy award-winning series, The Bannen Way for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television.


He is currently in post on his second feature, the indy thriller Model Citizen shot in New Mexico. He’s also hard at work on a number of TV and Feature properties in various stages of development. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife Brianne Davis, their son Davis and dog Bear. 

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