We had the good fortune of connecting with Francis Galluppi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francis, what do you attribute your success to?
For me, I didn’t go to school for film so I made a promise to myself to learn every aspect of filmmaking on my own. Honestly, in this day and age there’s really no excuse not to when all the information you need is pretty much on YouTube. I started and continue to watch a new movie every night, not only for entertainment but to educate myself. I started making short films around my house and learned how to do all the post work from editing to sound design. Eventually the projects became bigger and I started to build my team. With that said, I think the most important factor is not waiting around for other people. Learn how to do everything on your own and continue to create. On top of that, make sure you’re creating art for yourself and don’t expect people to understand or appreciate it right away. Just keep creating and eventually people will notice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a writer/director based out of Los Angeles, California. I’ve spent most of my life pursuing a career in music but my real passion has always been cinema. I didn’t really start to take filmmaking as a career seriously until about 5 years ago. I knew I was getting a later start than some so I worked hard to educate myself in every aspect of filmmaking. I put all of my time and energy into making sure that every project of mine was the absolute best I could make it. Each film had it’s own struggles and it definitely wasn’t easy at times but seeing your vision come to life makes it all worth it. At the end of day, I’ll do what ever I can to continue to make films and tell stories through the medium of cinema.
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?
I honestly don’t get out much. If a friend from out of town were to stay with me for a week, I’d probably just take them to some of my favorite food and coffee spots. Definitely my favorite burger joint, Grill Em All. There’s a bunch of great coffee spots where I live. I love going to special screenings at theaters like The Egyptian and New Beverly. If there’s any good art shows happening at places like Gallery 1988 or Gallery Nucleus, that’s always fun.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s absolutely no way I’d be where I’m at without the encouragement and hard work from my friends and family. A lot of my early films were made with next to no money so I couldn’t have done it without my wife and friends working extremely long hours for nothing but the experience in return. I wanna give a shoutout to Local Boogeyman (James Claeys) for believing in me and helping me get my upcoming feature film (The Last Stop In Yuma County) off the ground.