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Meet Vance Crofoot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vance Crofoot.

Vance, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I dabbled a little in filmmaking 20 years ago when I lived in Portland Oregon, move to Los Angeles in 2007 to become a full-time filmmaker. I started out as an editor in 2007, did that for five years, bought a camera and lights, became a director of photography in 2012. Since then, it’s been full-time filmmaking (editing, filming, directing… Currently in 2020, I just directed a short sci-fi film that I wrote entitled “Assimilated”. I’m working with a very talented cast and crew, including Vincent Guastini (effects specialist on Requiem for a Dream, Last of the Mohicans, etc.) who crafted my aliens. The film is in post right now and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the world in January 2021.

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?
Definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. It’s tough for anyone starting out as a filmmaker, especially in Los Angeles where talented filmmakers are a dime a dozen. You have to prove yourself in order to be hired in the filmmaking industry. Most of us including myself worked for little to no pay for the first two or three years before finally landing paid gigs. Along with that struggle comes the need to keep computers, cameras and film gear up-to-date while struggling to make ends meet. It takes a lot of passion and love for the craft in order to stay afloat during these times. That said, it does pay off if you keep up the fight.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in professional video production ranging from directing, cinematography, editing and color correction. I’ve worked with hundreds of actors, writers, directors and fellow filmmakers on countless video productions with budgets ranging from small to large. I’m proud that I have a good eye and know what it takes to achieve that cinematic look on all levels. What sets me apart from others is I’m known for giving my clients a big-budget, cinematic look on a smaller budget with the gear I can fit in my SUV.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory as a child pertaining to my craft would be the first time I saw Star Wars in the movie theater in 1977 at ten years old. I was literally blown away. Speechless. That experience along with many other blockbuster movies throughout the years were definitely a part of what led me into the world of filmmaking.

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