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Meet Piers Dennis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Piers Dennis.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a camera in my hand. I have always had a deep affinity for film and photography, and sometime around the ripe age of 8 years old, I made a conscious decision to dedicate my life to film production. I see my involvement in film as not just a passion, but a personal responsibility to give back to the art form that has kept me–and countless others–inspired to share our own ideas and outlooks on the world.

After growing up in Oregon and graduating with a degree in film, I moved to LA in order to pursue my professional career. Having over 200 short films under my belt, I was picked up by a small production company in east Hollywood to be the sole production assistant for their Emmy award-winning animated series, Lost in Oz.

After a season on “LOZ,” I bounced around a few other productions, including a brief stint at Paramount working on CBS All Access’ series, Strange Angel, and the recently-released Jonas Brothers documentary, Chasing Happiness. Once I had worked as a production assistant for about a year, I transitioned into editing and visual effects, working as an editor for a few commercials and then as a VFX Artist on the hit feature film Blindspotting, as well as Corporate Animals, which is currently in theaters.

Recently I have made it back to my roots, slowly moving away from editing and VFX to focus on directing and producing. A short, horror-comedy that I co-produced with Crypt TV, “Scamp,” was released last month, which I was able to infuse with my love of ’80s, puppet creature-features. Now that “Scamp” is live, my latest project is a music video that I was tapped to co-direct for local artist, Rhys Langston, and will be having its premiere in early October.

With the release of these two projects–as well as a couple that I contractually am not yet able to mention–I’m hoping to continue my streak of working with talented artists on a wide variety of exciting projects!

Please tell us about your art.
First and foremost, I am a genre-enthusiast. I find the way that we categorize art to be extremely interesting and telling of what we value, and so the projects that I work on often purposefully play into or subvert genre conventions, depending on the story that I am working to craft and the aesthetic that feels right for the project.

That being said, my short films have covered a wide variety of styles, but recently I have been focused on producing music videos. There’s something inherently satisfying about conjoining a piece of music with one’s own artistic inspiration, and music videos are just a great way to promote collaboration and explore a wide sampling of styles.

Shorts aside, feature films are the reason I do what I do and being a proud cinephile who has logged every film I’ve watched since the spring of 2015, I am constantly developing my own feature ideas that I look forward to realizing. Movies bring people together and enlighten them, and it’s my responsibility to contribute to their influence.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Stay true to what you love; it’s easy to get wrapped up in self-promotion and social media, but it’s ultimately you and your art that people will respond to, not your posts. Aside from that contemporary piece of advice, I encourage people to network, educate, and be persistent. Learning to socialize effectively is huge in this business, so go to that party, approach that person, and have a conversation! That person may be your next muse or business partner.

But aside from the collaborative efforts of filmmaking, there’s an intense amount of self-education and perseverance that goes into the arts, as it is ultimately up to oneself to figure out what skills one needs to improve upon for success, and then taking the time and effort to do so.

The good thing is, if you’re truly passionate about your art, you’ll make your art! And when you’re feeling uninspired, there’s an infinite amount of fellow artists to explore, each piece with the potential to reignite that creative spark.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see what I’m currently up to at my website, padproductions.com, as well as following me on Instagram, @padproductions.

I am constantly looking for new artists to collaborate with, so I encourage anyone who wants or needs assistance with a project to hit me up!

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Taken by friends/family; credits upon request.

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