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Meet Curtis Heyne of Living Cinema in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Curtis Heyne.

Curtis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I think a lot of my passion for the arts and trying something new has its roots in the time I spent skateboarding as kid and young adult. Skateboarding really gave me the perfect springboard into film-making because they share a lot of the same qualities. I spent a lot of time thinking about composition and what makes a good story while trying to craft the perfect sequence of tricks on my skateboard for the camera. Moving from the streets of Southern California to capturing peoples’ stories from all over the world on film was a simple transition for me because both require a desire to create compelling stories with a natural, seamless technique.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning, shooting on 16mm and Super 8mm film was a very risky idea for a lot of people. If it was not for our clients and colleagues taking a leap of faith and trusting our vision, we would not be where we are today. Looking back, this seems very simplistic, but at the time there was a lot of doubt and sleepless nights. With each film, we kept hearing how much our work moved our clients and this helped keep the vision alive as we continued to advocate for the use of motion picture film to capture peoples’ individual life stories.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Living Cinema – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our clients seek us out for our vision and aesthetics. We’ve traveled the world, from Hong Kong, Switzerland, Istanbul and the Caribbean, producing films that capture a feeling. Shooting on motion picture film is a huge part of the storytelling process for us – 16mm, Super 8, and even 35mm film are so rich and each brings a texture that our clients are huge fans of.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As long as motion picture film is still available, we’ll be traveling the world making images for our clients.

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Image Credit:
Andrejs Zavadskis

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