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Meet Landon Coats of Broken Bottle Films in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Landon Coats.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Landon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been collecting movies ever since middle school as part of a subconscious obsession with filmmaking, but I didn’t realize what I was doing until high school when I took my first film class. I had a handful of teachers who not only supported my obsession but encouraged it. It’s from those same teachers. I started getting my first film gigs.

Mr. Jordon and Mr. Ferris were the two main facilitators in the filmmaker uproar. Mr. Jordon trusted my judgment enough that he not only gave me free rein to make whatever I wanted for class assignments, but he also let me be the unofficial creative director of the school news. Mr. Ferris saw potential in my work so he presented me with the opportunity to collaborate with a local middle school to make a tour video encouraging parents and students to attend the school.

In college, I dove deep into the process of film making, and after my first few semesters at I was nominated and elected president of the school’s film club. In that position, I successfully coordinated and hosted three short film showcases held at the historic Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA. College was a great time for me to blossom and mature as an artist. I got the first-hand I experience to help me develop a good idea of what works, what doesn’t, and how to effectively work with others to make a vision come to life.

Many times on set Murphy’s Law has come into play, and while Murphy’s Law can be a total damper, it can also teach you how to get innovative and find the most creative and efficient ways to overcome obstacles. That’s why I always try to face new challenges face on but with a strategy.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think most filmmakers would agree that it’s a constant struggle, whether you are trying to come up with the right idea, trying to find funding, or just getting people to watch the final product, the battle is always uphill. That can be extremely challenging and mentally dragging at times, but I think you have to enjoy struggling and have something in you that pushes through the nonsense or you will constantly be bogged down if you don’t. I really cherish the times working on a film, both the good and bad, because I know all I’m doing is learning to overcome constantly adapting obstacles. At the end of the day if you really care about the story you are telling then it’s all worth it.

Please tell us about Broken Bottle Films.
Broken Bottle Films is a small production company that’s goal is to bring new ideas to life. We constantly try to produce fresh content from unique voices.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was no older than seven, my Dad took me to attend a private lecture held by the famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziggler. When we walked in the room there were 30 or so business women and men scattered around, and a small group in the front socializing with Mr. Ziggler, within a few moments of arriving he excused himself from the conversation, walked over to me, got on one knee so he could look me in the eye, and began to just talk with me for about five minutes. He then told me and my Dad he wanted us to stay after the meeting so we could talk. The lecture wrapped and he took us to his private office where he told me that he saw a winner in me, and wanted to make sure I knew that. I left the lecture feeling great, only to be reassured of this feeling a few days later when Mr. Ziggler sent me a letter reminding me of what he said. I still have that letter framed at my Mom’s house back in Texas.

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Avery Ramirez @avery.ramirz

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