We had the good fortune of connecting with Gantry Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gantry, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Most of my childhood was spent skateboarding. My brother and I would film each other learning new tricks until we eventually got sponsored and started traveling together. So many of the important lessons I’ve learned in life have come from skating. It taught me individuality, ingenuity and open-mindedness; all of which are a big part of who I am as a filmmaker and a person.

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.
One of the biggest things I learned growing up was how to DIY. Skateboarding taught me to be self-reliant and how to pursue things with relentless determination. All of my work and accomplishments are fueled by those principles. I like presenting rugged and rough-around-the-edges things in a beautiful way. Pretty but gritty; nice and balanced between the two.

Film is such a cool medium to communicate. You can put things in there, sometimes very subtle, and it means something gigantic. All of the directors I look up to do this masterfully. I’m just trying to keep growing and adding tools to the belt so it’ll pay dividends on screen.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Here’s a short list: coffee in Toluca Lake, hike Fryman Canyon, lunch at Stout on Ventura Blvd, a drive down PCH through Malibu and Santa Monica, dinner at Yamashiro then drinks at Desert 5 Spot, my new favorite bar in Hollywood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Growing up, our skate crew was everything. The circle was tight knit and we had each other’s backs in every circumstance imaginable, good or bad. I try and take the same approach now with my film crew. I’ve been lucky over the years to have really awesome people around me, on both a personal and professional level. Very thankful for them.

There’s also one book in particular that’s had a huge impact on me: The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. It’s changed the way I look at a lot of things, especially with relationships and work. The book is written in a very simple and playful way but there’s so much depth in it. Every time I start a new project or shoot, I open it up to a ‘random’ page and every time it’s something relevant to what I’m working on. It’s pretty insane.

Website: www.gantryhill.com

Instagram: @gantryhill

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantry-hill-79a95a183/

Image Credits
Jacob Boll Hayley Hill

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