We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Oechslin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I, as a child, actually had a dream to be an astronaught. I wanted to go to space badly, exlore our soloar system and eventually more. Growing up, discovering we no longer go beyond orbit, barely have any rover like things beyond our planet, I thought their would be no way to go beyod earth. I had been watching sci-fi, mostly Star Wars. I enjoyed film. When I was a kid, me and some friends were playing with legos and came up with a story with ’em. We decided to film it, with us acting. We used an old sony camera on Hi8 tape. I thought this was so cool and watching it was like this is fun! I didn’t know making movies was a job, as a child I thought they just somehow existed. I saved up my own money and boight at walmart a $60 camera that runs on AA batteries and an sd card. I would film everrything! Skitss, skate park, paintball, bike riding, parties, EVERYTHING! When I completed JR HIgh School, a buddy of mine invited me to a film camp. There I learned a little bit about preproduction and postproduction for film. I started to take in high school digital design, broadcast journalism and innovative filmmaking. Then was the moment I decided this, this is what I wanted to do. I began watching behind the scenes to movies I love, and I no longer wanted to sit on the side of the screen I waas on, I wanted to be THERE! George Lucas changed everrything in the world. Not only story telling, sound, music, practical effects and visual effects(creator of CGI), cameras, but also changed science and techonology, relationships and cultures. I wish to do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Director, a creattive filmmaker. I DO NOT MAKE CONTENT. I create ART. Cinema. I was once told the difference between cinematography and videography is that videograhy is capturing the world. Cinematography is creating one. I create worlds. I want art, something that not only invokes an emotion or exression out of you, but communicate a message. Make you think. I want something that catches your eye, but not just visually pleasurable, but mentally something occur. I am excited to gett involved into bigger pprojects to help people and change or expand viewoints. This is not easy, I am still not there yet, lots of hard work and dedication and since I didn’t go to film school I have a lot less connections and “qualifications”. I tend to have to go by the maxim,”Fake it till you make it.” Or lots of youtube and questtioning and waatching to then be able. I’d say being kind, friendly and always as helful and hard working as ossible gets you a long way. Peole wll want to work with you more, hang out with you and then return the flow, help you out. I’d say create something valuable and personal, that has had stronger imact on my audience than just creating to create.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Probably go to the Cinema DIne In theatre in glendale and take em around the Americana. Then on next day robably Malibu or New Port and go to beatch.
Maybe down to rodeo for some food and shopping.
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?
It’s almost impossible for me to pin point exactly one individual. My parents of course not just being there and sharing love, but actually funding my first set of gear and spreading word of what i do. My film teacher in High School; Mr. K He always supported me and pushed me and knows I am desttined for greatness. Even pulled me aside in class to congradulate me on my hard work and expects to see me big. Josh Shultz, he took me under his wing, has a similar dream to me, been a great mentor showing me the ropes of the industry. My friends/coworkers. Without them bringing me into projects or them helping on mine, I would not have ggotten the great work I have to show today. I’d have to say MasterClass, Ron Howard Bob Iger, James Cameron, Hanz Zimmer and more. Everything they say has just expanded my view. The Art Course by L Ron Hubbard, just totally let me be me, do reaal art vs something that helld me back from being great! And Lastly George Lucas, to me the father of cinema.
Everything he has done I love. His passion and creation and how he explains to go through art, that is what made me passionate.
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