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Meet Anthony Drake of Smile at the Chaos Pictures in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Drake.

Anthony, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started as a young boy loving movies but not knowing where they came from, I mean I knew people made them but didn’t know who they were almost like they were passed down by gods. I grew up playing baseball and that was my whole life I loved it so much and thought I was going to be doing that for the rest of my life. It was until I was about 13 that I knew I wanted to be involved in movies somehow someway and that was all due to seeing The Dark Knight that summer along with finding Blue Velvet online and both of the movies have changed my life. I played baseball up until junior college then, unfortunately, got hurt and decided I would look more into the world of cinema and I came across the Los Angeles Film School where I took a tour then shortly after applied and fell in love with how much I was learning and made the decision to do this for the rest of my life. It seems like the film is all I know and I love it so much I get my inspiration from the world because there is so much of it along with my family. My filmmaking inspirations are David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Spike Lee and Sean Baker. I also started my own production company recently called Smile at the Chaos Pictures and my first short film called Induction will be available in a few weeks. I am also currently producing a feature film called Refinement. “Wanting approval is kind of aggression”.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely has not been an easy road and at times very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel you often ask yourself why am I doing this? Do I really care? and in my worst moments I turn to films to give me that answer and doing so I realize that I am doing the right thing. I’ll use a quote that sums it up the best from Alfonso Cuaron he says if you ask a rabbit if he is happy after being chased by a pack of wolves he isn’t happy he is relieved and I think that sums up filmmaking perfectly. In the hardest moments, I often look to my family or friends to help me through the situation but most of all a movie can help me get through it all.

Tell us about your company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
My production company Smile at the Chaos Pictures specializes in indie filmmaking dealing with low budgets and trying to help any achieve his or her dream through cinema. I am most proud of shooting and completing our first short film along with producing a feature film as we speak. What sets us apart I would say is the dedication to the craft of filmmaking and doing the best job we can to respect it. Along with seeing the vision of the director in the holiest of lights and really provide them with the right tools to succeed.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like most about my city is the great diversity of people I get to work with everyday that is really special to me along with the great opportunities I get here and being in the environment of where I wanna spend the rest of my life and career. I would not say there is anything bad about the city may be the traffic but that’s nothing to each there own and you get out what you put in.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 226 Terra Cotta Irvine , CA 92603
  • Phone: 9494665747
  • Email: ajdrake579@gmail.com
  • Instagram: aj_drake , inductionfilm, SATC Pictures

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