1) What are your own origins, Mike? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today? I came from the theatre. I studied acting, directing, and writing and then someone showed up with a rapier and dagger and asked if I wanted to learn sword fighting for the stage and screen. All I could think was 'Hell Yes!'. That eventually led me to becoming a professional stuntman in addition to acting, writing, and directing.
So my path was a bit different. I took all the things I loved and looked for a place where I could perform. I did theatre regionally for a few summers. Then ended up in Orlando where I worked in Live Shows doing stunts and acting. I did so much down there. From stunts to improv to traditional theater to film work. It really helped me grow as a performer and artist. It set the ground work for what I am doing today.
2) What inspired you to develop ‘Jake's Road’? Plus what is your role within the scheme of things? The story came from one half childhood memories from growing up hiking and camping and one half of my wild imagination. 'Jake's Road' is a true physiological thriller / Action / Horror Film. It's got something for everyone. I was the director, writer, producer, editor, plus I had my eye on the small details and the larger picture.
4) If this film omitted a collective odour, what would it smell like and why? Pine straw and mold. One is really refreshing and give's you happy memories. Where as the other you don't know how it got there but you just have to deal with it.
5) What song would you say best represents your wares and why? Oh man, one song? When I write I usually have a playlist going. I love songs that take you on a journey, so, recently I have been listening the the live version of The Foo Fighters 'Everlong'.
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