I Didn’t Know Anything About Screenwriting Or Filmmaking When I Started – Van Ditthavong

Film Courage: From the moment that you told your wife you wanted to be a filmmaker, what immediate changes did you make in your life?

Van Ditthavong, Filmmaker/Photographer: In terms of craft or trying to understand, it was reading and studying everything I could about about writing, about how it’s structured or how people format and just the basics of things. I kind of took it as my own way of making my own school of like I want to learn, this is interesting. I just can’t write on a napkin or legal pad. I just wanted to see that…I guess I could but I didn’t…so the changes I made was really making a commitment to trying to get better at it. It wasn’t a thing like I said This is going to be a career, it was a thing that was like I just wanted to do it. I didn’t know if it was even going to be something feasible, that didn’t even cross my mind. It just gave me something that I could wake up and do and challenge myself and I just never reached a point where I was frustrated enough to quit…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).











Writer/Director/Photographer Van Ditthavong is the founding partner and executive producer of goPOP FILMS – a creative content studio and production company. He has taught at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department. His latest project is his feature directing debut, ALL ROADS TO PEARLA (starring Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Nick Chinlund, and Dash Mihok) and produced by Red Entertainment and goPOP FILMS.

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