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Meet David Liehn and Joe Laporte of Frick & Frack in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Liehn and Joe Laporte.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Joe and I met on a commercial shoot in Los Angeles in 2018. We were both aspiring film directors making our own creative content, and we decided it would be to our advantage to work together. In 2019 we teamed up to form the directing duo, “Frick & Frack.” Our credits include multiple award-winning short films, music videos, and spec commercials. We are currently looking for projects to shoot, and a script to develop into our first feature-length film.

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?
I think our biggest obstacle as indie filmmakers is finding financing to get our projects off the ground. This requires us both to wear multiple hats during production which has served us well, learning all aspects of the business. In addition to directing, we are also the producers, location scouts, casting directors, etc. on all of our projects. While making our own content can be challenging, it is also rewarding as we are both lucky to have the opportunity to express ourselves through film.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
“Frick & Frack” specializes in video content creation. We are available for collaboration on all projects from music videos to feature films. We are currently promoting our latest film on the festival circuit and looking to secure a production deal.

What were you like growing up?
David Liehn – growing up in Miami, I was a big sports fan – both watching and playing. I loved watching movies and getting lost in the story for a couple of hours. In high school, I started getting into photography and always took a camera with me everywhere I went to document life’s moments. I also took a cinematography class and started making short films with my friends on Hi 8 tapes. The creative process really intrigued me and started me on my path to making movies. I received my master’s degree in film production from the University of Miami and then moved to LA to pursue a career in show business.

Joe Laporte – growing up in Orange County, California, I was also a big sports fan – both watching and playing, like Dave. In high school, I saw the movie “The Conjuring,” Directed by James Wan. It was the scariest movie I had seen up to that point. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to make movies to make people feel emotions. During my junior year of high school, I joined the video production class at Mission Viejo HS where I made a bunch of bad horror films. I then attended The Los Angeles Film School where I focused on the art of directing. I graduated cum laude and was inducted into the National Honors Society.

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