We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Ferraro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, what inspires you?
I am inspired by the DIY process. When I have an idea for a show or a film I start to manifest it by breaking down the components of the idea into manageable jobs that I need to complete to realize what I imagined. I have learned that daily tasks inspire me to complete the big idea. During that process, the idea becomes refined and built upon through the focus of having a daily goal. Many of those smaller tasks become how-to episodes on my DIY Sci-Fi channel “Create Sci-Fi.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Sci-Fi filmmaker, series creator, and the producer/host of a How-To channel on YouTube called “Create Sci-Fi.” What excites me is the process, all aspects of the filmmaking process, from writing, to art direction, pre, and post-production. On YouTube, there are many great maker channels where you can learn writing, art direction, pre, and post-production. On my channel, I share my passion which is sharing with my audience how to manage all of those jobs yourself. Touching on every aspect of the process is what makes my channel unique. The larger idea is that the cost of all of these moving parts is what prevents many people from simply starting a film project or even daring to dream about it. What sets me apart is I have figured out how to manage all these components myself and I share all my DIY adventures in doing so. The result is certainly not doing it all yourself but understanding the balance of what you need to do to keep the momentum. My channel has been successful simply because I am not alone in the desire to realize an idea with limited resources. I was able to get to where I am today by continuing to share my process. It has become an ecosystem of sorts. When I have a new idea I am compelled to share the process of completing the idea with my subscribers. My commitment to putting out weekly content drives me to completion. My output of weekly content inspires and informs other people to do the same. I am very proud of that aspect of my offerings. Getting to where I am today professionally was not easy but I was able to overcome the challenges by making those challenges the focus of my content. I think that idea is universal to anyone trying to achieve something that is at first overwhelming. I just want people to know that if I can do it, they can do it. Because that is an age-old cliché I have taken the extra step to document and share my struggles and successes in the hopes that it will empower someone to do the same.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When people come to visit me from out of town I have a little trick I play on them. I live on the Eastside in the Atwater Village area. Visitors always want to go to the beach. The first thing I do is put them in the car and drive west. After 1.5 hours in traffic 2 things happen. One they never want to go beyond my neighborhood again and two, they realize LA is sprawling and basically two, maybe three cities. We then spend the rest of the trip enjoying outdoor activities in Griffith Park, lunches in Atwater Village, Dune & Bon Vivante are my go to’s and evenings in Los Feliz, Little Dom’s is my favorite.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Julia Morizawa: http://www.juliamorizawa.com/