How A Daydreamer Started A Production Company And Became A Filmmaker – Van Ditthavong [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: Van, 10 years ago you told your wife you wanted to be a filmmaker. What was going on in your life at that time?

Van Ditthavong, Filmmaker/Photographer: I woke up one day 10 years ago and shocked her by going Hey, I think I want to make movies and she was like What do you mean? What are you talking about? I think what was going on in my life was I was a photographer at the time and I just loved stories. At the time I was telling stories in one frame. Then I was like it would be interesting if I could write a story (write a movie) and I didn’t know the first thing about what making a movie is all about. I wasn’t even one that watched a lot of movies. She was the one in our relationship that watched movies but I wanted to tell stories. I went to this place in Dallas called Half-Price Books and I would buy as many books as I could about screenwriting or movies or what directors wrote and I would just read. I’d get my hands on as many scripts as I could and I spent the next year or two just writing. At that time the DSLR camera came about and Canon came out and you start doing great videos and that seemed like a natural transition from being a photographer…(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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