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Life & Work with Zach Goodwin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zach Goodwin.

Hi Zach, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have my Uncle to thank for a lot of my taste and journey into filmmaking, growing up we’d have frequent movie nights and spend way too much money on IMAX tickets. Getting into high school, I took a digital media class that introduced me to digital film editing- from that point on I didn’t want to stop learning about what happens behind the scenes. With my Uncle and I being obsessed with horror movies, I decided I wanted to create my own “found footage” short film with my friends, which was the first of many short films that have led me where I am today. After high school, I left Texas for Los Angeles to pursue a degree/career in the film industry and work towards writing & directing my own feature. That was about two years ago, and to this day I’m still being blessed with incredible opportunities, experience, connections, and talented friends.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I was very fortunate to have a family that supported me and my decision to pursue a career in the creative field. Moving to Los Angeles and leaving my friends, Uncle, and Grandmother was extremely difficult and often still is, though I appreciate every visit and holiday I get to see them that much more. When I made the decision to move to LA and pursue filmmaker as a career, I had to constantly fight self doubt. When I did get overwhelmed or insecure about my choice, I was blessed to be reassured by film teacher and loved ones. Aside from that, there’s certainly been a number of learning curves when I first started getting on film sets, which isn’t an obstacle but more of the best teacher you’ll ever come across.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Telling stories is something that will hopefully and likely never get tiring for me, the intricate details behind images/moments that make you feel something is a craft I’ll learn about until I die. Movies have played such an important part in my life, and the majority of the people I look up to are some of my favorite characters on screen. In my own work, it important to me that the viewer walks away connecting or thinking about something different than they did before. Even though horror is my favorite genre, I like to find clever ways to explore subjects like female objectification, struggling with a toxic relationship, and the confusing period between being a teenager and becoming an adult.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I’ve spent more time in quarantine than Los Angeles. It’s been a very interesting experience, and LA still feels kind of fresh. I definitely have much more exploring to do before I make up my mind about it. Though, Chinatown holds a special place in my heart, I’ve had numerous photoshoots and hangouts around there. But regardless of cool spots or great beaches, the talented people here are incredibly fun to work with and talk to.

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Alex Flanagan Zach Goodwin

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