Ryan Baker is the final filmmaker to be interviewed, who has had his work shown as part of Nevada Filmmakers Showcase in the Dam Short Film Festival. The film “VHS Reporter” was screened in the 2010 event. Baker started out doing photography and video in high school and college and then moved to Tahoe where he shot his friends skating and snowboarding. After that he filmed sports, documentaries, music videos and commercials and then at last during the last few years moved up to narrative work. He always planned on making movies, but wanted to achieve a certain level of experience with his photography before moving in that direction. In this Q&A Ryan shared what has been happening since his film’s appearance at last year’s event and what he’s working on now.
Q. What made you decide to submit to the Dam Short Film Festival?
A. I submitted to a few Nevada festivals last year. Dam Short looked like one that would be a good fit for “VHS Reporter”.
Q. How has submitting to this festival affected you or the films that have been screened?
A. I always love to have a film screened. No matter the festival it always feels good to be included.
Q. Give me some details about the feature you recently completed.. Is it in festivals and how do you plan on distributing it?
A. I finished photographing my first full length project last year, “I Like You” directed by Jamie Heinrich, the same director as “VHS Reporter”. He is my favorite director to work with. He is an editor/ motion graphics wizard by trade, so we are both able to collaborate on films in between our commercial jobs. The film was written by a friend of ours, it’s a classic high school love story. We are just starting to submit to festivals, and hoping to distribute after the festival run.
Q. What is your next project going to be about?
A. I’m not sure what will happen next. There is talk going around about more features and shorts. I’ll have to wait and see what pans out first. Whatever it is, it will be soon. I don’t like to wait and see what happened to the last one before starting new projects. I need to be out photographing things.
Q. So far, what have you found to be the most challenging aspect of filmmaking – financing, production, distribution or something else and why?
A. Right now the most challenging part is balancing the day job with the filmmaking. I’m lucky my day job is camera work, but I’d love to be able to be filmmaking full time.
Q. What have you found to be the biggest difference between making a short and a full length feature?
A. The first difference seems obvious, the time and dedication needed to go full length is huge. If things go wrong, it is much easier to keep it together for a few days. But on the flip side, once you go into full length movies, people pay attention. I’ve have had numerous short films play in many different festivals, but it wasn’t until I got my first review of our full length trailer, that I got a call to shoot another feature.