We had the good fortune of connecting with Chad Werner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chad, would you say you are following and pursuing your passion?
I am. I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was seven years old. I get excited every time I get to go to set. Whether producing a commercial, feature film, or series it’s beyond exciting to me to be apart of the process. I think there is a misunderstood aspect of “following your passion” however. A lot of times following your passion means some unfulfilling days of long work, or going down a rabbit hole that at the time ultimately ends up being a waste of time, or just being depleted. I don’t mean to come off as depressive, because to counter the harsh reality there is a fulfillment that comes from doing what you love. I think we all need to chase our passions, but realizing there is a steady flow of work and time and effort that comes with it. I don’t believe in “I you do what you love you never work a day in your life” — there is always work to be done. The cruddy monotonous details that no one wants to do, but someone has to do them… but without out those it wouldn’t make the successes and the fun parts so sweet.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a writer, director, and producer for film and TV. I think what sets me apart from others is our team’s independent but collaborative outlook. I got my start in Austin, TX with a group of like-minded creatives who just want to make things we enjoy: videos, music, art, design — and while we each have our personal style and interests we always come together to collaborate as much as we can. I got to make my first feature by working with these friends and collaborators. People that I met along the way who worked on smaller projects. That movie has opened up the door to more and more productions — it absolutely was not easy, but I think by having hopes for bigger projects, new stories, that’s what keeps me engaged and excited. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you’re not alone, working alongside people makes the process so much more enjoyable and problem solving together is far more fulfilling than trying to be the lonely mad genius. I hope when people watch my films or TV they’re entertained. I want them to feel happy to have spent time with the stories we’re creating. The characters. And not so burdened by the daily grind we all have to face.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love morning hiking in Griffith Park. Then walking down to Los Feliz and grabbing breakfast at Little Dom’s or Cafe Los Feliz. After that I would try and see a movie at The Vista theater to sit and digest. Would then head over to Echo Park for a beer at The Holloway. Then head over to my neighborhood of Highland Park where we could bop around up and down Fig. This is all assuming we’ve started the day with a surf at Manhattan Beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have encouraged me in big ways or small along the way. I would like to recognize my dad, David Werner — who got me interested in movies from a young age and always encouraged when I told him I wanted to be a filmmaker
Quinn Pierson (@quinnmpierson), Dallas International Film Festival, Ryan Simpson (permission to use all photos)