We had the good fortune of connecting with David Liehn & Joe Laporte and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David Liehn & Joe Laporte, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Without a doubt, the single most important decision we made as directors was to join forces and work together as a team. As co-directors we have much more to offer our clients. We can work more efficiently and divide and conquer on set while divvying up the workload. We do a lot of planning in pre-production so we are in sync going into a project. This gives us the ability to split up on the shoot and cover more ground. One of us can be talking to the actors, while the other is in video village communicating with the client or by camera with the director of photography. Joe and I bring years of combined set experience to any given project, but we also offer different and unique skill sets. We use our individual strengths to our advantage to get the job done and split up when need be. Like the old saying says, “two heads are better than one…”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Joe and I direct under the pseudonym, Frick & Frack. We have both compiled an extensive resume of production work (mostly in TV commercials) before making the leap to directing. Working on sets for many years in different capacities was a great way to learn from some of the best filmmakers in the business. We took that knowledge and practical experience, and are now creating our own content for a multitude of clients. Making the jump is never easy. You have to get people to see you in a different light and trust that you can follow through on your promises. We created a lot of work on Spec to showcase our abilities, but now those projects, which were a labor of love, are paying off. Our goal is to be branded as a double edged sword that works quickly while still producing quality talent. We also surround ourselves with talented crews and work with inspiring artists and brands. We are excited with the quality and quantity of content we are creating. We have had a very productive 2020 despite the current state of the world. We have had the luxury of working in different film mediums (commercials, music videos, films, and even shot a pilot for a scripted reality TV show). We are excited to work with new clients while bringing our creative vision to life, and thankful to be able to call ourselves filmmakers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Joe and I met while living in Redondo Beach, California. Naturally our favorite spots in LA are the Southbay beach cities of Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan Beach. We always take visitors to the Hermosa Beach Pier for the nightlife and (day life). Playing beach volleyball, cruising “the strand”, surfing, watching the sunset, or just people watching. The beach life and culture of the South Bay is a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Joe and I have a strong love and passion for film and the cinematic experience. I am not sure there is one particular person who has influenced us, but rather a litany of creative minds who we have grown up admiring. I would have to say that directors who have successfully produced quality and engaging content, have paved the path we aspire to follow. Personally, I would like to give a shoutout to Robert Hood, my high school English teacher, who taught an elective class on Cinematography which sparked my interest in pursuing a career in film-making.
David Liehn Joe Laporte