Filmmaker / Actor Robert Long II love of indie films “is an organic, homegrown nature that is appealing”. Robert has an appreciation since indie films “are about filmmakers trying to make the best movie possible on very limited means”. Robert’s independent filmmaker “role models are George Romero, Roger Corman, and Don Dohler; who did independent films on their terms”.
Born in Iowa, Robert was inspired by the amateur films of Don Glut. Robert became a professional graphic designer and offered his services to independent filmmakers in the area. Robert started designing posters and VHS packaging and that’s where he got his toe-hold in the business. Fast forward a little and Robert got more involved with local productions and took on any job he could get – producer, grip, director, actor, makeup, sets, and prop building.
The Columbia, Maryland resident biggest obstacles is trust in the independent film business. Trusting that those you work with will have the “same amount of enthusiasm and commitment that you yourself are willing to put into the production”. Robert’s creative side came up with the story for “Man’s Best Friend”. After asking his friends Mitch Klein and Joe Ripple to tweak the script the independent film would be retitled “Sealed Fates” which was completed in 2010. In 2011 Robert is devoting more time to the “Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking” website. He is also working on two screenplays.
Robert sees “a need for people to embrace the independent film community and realize that there are good movies being made in Baltimore”. Robert also feels that “independent filmmakers in the Baltimore area need to become a closer knit community and start to share resources and man-power among one another”. Learn more about Robert Long II by visiting www.smashortrashindiefilmmaking.com.