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Rising Stars: Meet Christopher J. Tomlinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher J. Tomlinson.

Hi Christopher, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
For as long as I can remember movies have been a part of my life. Growing up watching 80s comedies and musicals with my great-grandmother, borrowing my dad’s VHS camcorder to make movies with my neighborhood friends, taking every opportunity to do school assignments as a video. Today? Nothing much has changed. In college my professors Charles Myers and Hiro Konishi equipped me with the skills to get contracting gigs in the film and television industries which spurred me on to work on emmy award-winning television crews and also help make internationally distributed movies through an independent film studio.

Now, I get to walk the same path as my mentors and encourage up-and-coming filmmakers the same way my mentors did me as associate faculty at Saddleback College.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not. I was in the midst of having a whole load of fun making a Ghostbusters fan-made series when the pandemic hit. Independent filmmaking is a whole new challenge in the era of coronavirus so I went back to my roots of making short films where I made a short film with my son –

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Having grown up on movies like Ghostbusters, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings I’ve always had a sense of hope ingrained in me. The very visible battles of good and evil in Star Wars and Lord of the Rings set a baseline, but as we all know life isn’t like that. Life also doesn’t have parapsychologists fighting Sumerian deities but there’s something in Ghostbusters that resounded within the hearts of every little kid who was afraid of what lurks under their bed or in their closet. We forget as adults that much of our lives are spent within our own imaginations and there is no class on how to use yours well. Ultimately that is what I sought after in Ghostbusters: Generations was the beginning of teaching my sons how to have a healthy, thriving imagination. Movies are this weird experience, almost a shared dream. The movies I’ve gotten to make have tried to reach that bar but also try to explore friendship, family and our individual responsibilities towards our fellow human beings.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I got into making movies for many reasons, but now I’m doing it only for one. I’ve worked on multi-million dollar pictures, I’ve gotten to meet and work with some of my heroes, I’ve been able to live my dream and make several movies from the ground up – but nothing has compared to getting to make a movie with my family. Just like many others, I had a lot of pathways crumble because the world halted. I used to get angry, now it has transformed into a joy I never thought I would experience- being on set with my wife and kids making a love letter to Ghostbusters with zero budget and nothing but heart.

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Christopher J. Tomlinson Devin DeFluiter (Co-Director/Director of Photography)

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