Today we’d like to introduce you to Chandler Kilgore-Parshall and Walker Sayen.
Chandler and Walker, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Walker and I met during the last semester of our time at Emerson College in 2016. Bonding over favorite movies and a recent pitch competition we both lost, a friendship was born. A few drinks at the Hollywood Cantina on Sunset opened us up about our post-grad plans and the numerous ideas we had for possible short films, features and web series. Basically, we just pitched and workshopped premises back-and-forth that entire evening. Straight out of school, we produced our first film called Scarborough. Then came another project. Eventually, we found ourselves working together nonstop. Recognizing each other’s strengths and ambitions, we made the leap into making a company.
The two of us are avid moviegoers and TV bingers. Ask us about what is good on Netflix or Amazon Prime, we dare ya. But where did it come from? Growing up watching classics like E.T. and Lawrence of Arabia introduced us to a new way of expressing our imaginations. Quoting lines and reflecting on our favorite scenes was a way for us to communicate with friends and family. That passion lives on in our entrepreneurship. What is the point of telling a story, if there is no one around to experience it?
Hollywood can be so obsessed with box office records and reboots that it seems like we are losing the romance in making stories. What TinDragon Media aims to do is revitalize that zeal for imagination and channel it into something that can excite and inspire.
When building TinDragon, we wanted to utilize every skill set from our professional work and time at Emerson College to create content for clients, friends and ourselves. Everyone has a story to tell. It could be when they started a family or launched their first Ma & Pa business against all odds. Their tales of success and failure piece together a mosaic of who they are. That is the most rewarding challenge of all, to craft another’s vision into something tangible that reflects who they are and who they want to be.
From political ads to music videos, our clients have given us the opportunity to flex our artsy muscles and produce some good work for them! We have worked a variety of clients like: Tell That Story Political Campaigns, The Resistance Squad at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, THUMBWAR and more.
TinDragon Media is growing still, but business continues to be roaring as we press forward.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
With TinDragon in its infancy, we are traveling through peaks and valleys, and those have bumps in the road too. Working in the heart of the media capital, we are competing with hundreds of companies, freelancers and startups for the same work. Distinguishing ourselves is key, and the two of us are proud of our team of young professionals and collaborators. Challenges have been strengthening our stance in this desirable yet crowded job market and getting enough eyeballs on what we are achieving!
We are the future of this industry. Every day we are attuned to the trending hashtags on Twitter and the going-ons in the trades, knowing how it translates into lucrative opportunities. Despite our hard work and dedication, we get called “avocado toast-loving, Millennial snowflakes that haven’t worked a day in their lives.” Which is completely untrue. Walker and I continue to be actively involved in the industry. From my time at The Jim Henson Company and Warner Horizon to Walker freelancing on films and commercials as a camera assistant and working in post-production as an editor for docs and music videos, we believe that working hard and paying our dues is a way to stay engaged with the community and master our professional crafts. If you are not learning or challenging yourself, then the risk of stagnation can deteriorate the creative process.
Our biggest challenge is proving our salt as entrepreneurs!
TinDragon Media – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We at TinDragon Media have been building a roster of bold and talented filmmakers with the industry know-how to handle all the production needs of businesses big and small. Our shift into short form and live content allow us flexibility in tailoring to your specific production needs. Walker and I tend to approach our projects as if we were telling a short tale around the campfire. How do we get to the heart of the message? Every project is treated with tender love and care.
Shooting, editing, writing and producing are our core focuses. Need a promotional video shot for your campaign? TinDragon does that. Edit your live concert? TinDragon does that. From development to exhibition, the gift of storytelling has been vital throughout TinDragon’s odyssey in the entertainment industry. TinDragon Media brings a professional and intimate POV (point of view) to your creative endeavors and magnifies them to a professional polish.
The narratives we produced like “Scarborough” and “Killer of the Week” have gone on to nab some awards on the festival circuit this year, which is very gratifying for us as filmmakers.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Our wish with TinDragon Media is to inspire confidence to the young and struggling artists that you will find paramount success in your sweat, blood, and tears. And we are yearning to share our talents and gifts with our neighbors, co-workers, and communities: by offering them content and a window of opportunity to share their hopes and goals. A continual cycle of give and take; imagine and solidify; create and share.
From a business viewpoint, a higher demand in our catalogue of services would be terrific. One of our goals is to produce a “TinDragon Original Feature Film” down the road.
Professional Photo Credit to Mark Nicholas, Manhattan Beach Studios