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Meet Aaron Doolittle of Rivers INKD in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Doolittle.

Aaron, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started making short films with my friends in High School, went to college for theatre, moved out to LA to become a movie star and in the meantime, continue to make short films with my friends and other talented members of our community.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve been blessed to have always landed on my feet. I’ve seen friends and colleagues get discouraged and veer from the path. Some even abandon it altogether. We all wish we could be a little more successful or a little more revered for our art. But the pursuit of a dream and the continued effort to make film and art and literature in a noble pursuit. That what we create might inspire others to make the world a better place is the only thing that matters.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
We’re a small group of filmmakers who write screenplays, We do table reads, workshops and revise each piece before we share it with people in the industry. We take that feedback and look at the trends in film. We help each other with self-tapes, creating content for each other’s reels. What sets us apart is that the community is our currency, not capitol. Whatever we make gets put back into the business for equipment, film festival expenses, etc.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the only place to pursue filmmaking. There are other countries and communities that work together and make outstanding films. But Los Angeles is the only place to learn the difference between loving films and wanting to make them. As far as starting out somewhere else aspiring filmmakers, and I mean people who are pursuing their own identity as narrative filmmakers they’re better off making a second film in their home town and bringing it to LA. Like they taught us in kindergarten, just be yourself– and that’s true of any successful filmmaker. How could LA make this easier on filmmakers starting out? I don’t think its the cities responsibility to make it easier. I love LA and I wouldn’t want it to change for anyone after all, be yourself, Los Angeles.

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