Today we’d like to introduce you to Malcolm Bodon.
Malcolm, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Ipswich, England to a military family and lived in the Philippines, as well as Houston, TX. I spent most of my life in Tampa, FL. As a military brat, a career in film was not a viable option. I have always loved movies and was the person you would call to settle movie trivia bets. From an early age, I prepared for a life in the Air Force, eventually to throw my hat in the ring to become an astronaut. During high school I was in the Civil Air Patrol, a flight commander in the Tampa Cadet Squadron. I applied and was accepted to the #1 Aviation School on the planet, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
It wasn’t until my senior year of high school when I realized how much I loved film production. My English teacher, Ms. McCoy, assigned us to film a scene from Macbeth for a class project. Looking back, from what I remember, my film was terrible, but I enjoyed every minute of making it. It was the most fun and fulfilling thing I could remember doing. It was my last semester of school, and I thought it was too late to change my career path.
In 2005, I attended Embry-Riddle to major in Aeronautical Science. Although I enjoy aviation, film was always my passion. It ate at me long enough and in 2010 I dropped everything and moved to Los Angeles. I enrolled in film school at Los Angeles Valley College and graduated with a degree in Cinematic Arts. I also signed up to do background work to get my feet wet with a real production set. Doing BG on CSI: Miami, I met my first cinematographer, Matt Macar, and one of my closest friends Matt Rasku, who is in my stable of actors. They both happen to be from Florida. We made waves with a top rated Doritos spec ad and followed it up with an award winning short film Choice (2013). I have worn just about every hat on a production set, but feel most at home in the director’s chair.
I tried to get involved with everything regarding the film world early on. I volunteered to work the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011, where I met my best friend Bryce Fishman. Our film experience grew and we have collaborated on multiple projects together. She produced my latest film, PCH. She has been a great mentor along the way and is one of my biggest supporters.
In 2015, I was visiting home and saw an old friend doing stand-up comedy. I was profoundly surprised at how professionally executed his set was. From that moment on, I tried to talk him into moving to LA, because there were more outlets for him to be discovered there. Tampa comedian J.B. Ball and I met at Dickenson Elementary when we were 10 years old. I had just moved from Houston and our class was in the middle of a Science Fair Project. Our teacher assigned us together, but JB was already done with his experiment. I got the easy A and we’ve been friends ever since.
After college, J.B. put aspirations of the NBA to the side and delved into the stand up comedy scene. He honed his skills through the years, gaining credits such as Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City, and other accolades through various festivals. I finally got him to commit to moving to LA in 2018 and we hit the ground running. We immediately started game planning on expectations and goals to create a platform. He takes care of everything in front of the camera, and I take care of everything behind the camera.
While playing basketball at LA Fitness, JB was approached by cinematographer Jorge Valiente to be in a commercial. In 2019, Jorge asked JB if he had any recommendations for a director. He sent Jorge my way and I was hired to direct his thesis film for his Master’s in Cinematography.
After completing his film, 459, I was able to form a solid director’s reel. Later that fall, I was approached by a production company that was looking to produce a short film to eventually turn into a feature. I gave them several options from a couple writer’s that I knew, but the script they selected was one that I wrote. It was influenced by a drive I took up the Pacific Coast Highway. Brett Woodall and Travis Wilson from Zenosyne Pictures took a gamble on me and I hope the investment will pay off this year.
Service to the community was installed into me at an early age. I was longing to get back into volunteering and I thought it would be a good idea to go back to my roots and join the Civil Air Patrol as a senior member. I ended up making an awesome friend at the Van Nuys Senior Member squadron, actor Kareem Ferguson. I helped produce a film for him, O.J.’s Laugh and he came on board to help produce PCH.
Currently, I am finishing post production on PCH, and breaking ground on a feature film adaption in the upcoming months. Luckily, we finished principal photography before everything was shut down. During quarantine, JB and I filmed 10 segments of “Think About This” for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network in our living room, along with 4 other sketches that will be releasing on JB’s YouTube channel.
Has it been a smooth road?
There has kind of been no road at all. It feels like I have been blazing a trail into unknown territory the entire time. It was only until the begging of this year that I felt that I have climbed high enough to see a route to the finish line. Then covid-19 happened.
Please tell us about the company.
Malcolm Bodon Productions is an award winning production company that provides the physical basis for works in the realms of new media, art, film, television, and video. Our first sole project was a critically acclaimed Doritos commercial spec in 2012. Since then, we have accumulated an amazing filming team with countless resources. We can work with any budget and are ready to bring your vision from script to screen.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Especially with the Covid-19 situation, the future of this industry is shrouded in mist that no one has the clairvoyance to predict what will happen. I would take a guess at smaller film crews, unless it’s a tent pole film, and no more catered lunches. I also see a lot of productions moving to the more lenient states.
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