We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurent Malaquais and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurent, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never felt like there was a choice for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a documentary filmmaker. I don’t think anything of value is especially easy to accomplish. I started off my career in docu-reality television. It was here that met the great Tom Kramer while working on a hidden camera prank show. Tom was the head writer and supervising producer. There were a lot of producers on this show, but I immediately realize that he was the comedic genius in the room. I did all that I could to learn from him and this began a twenty-year friendship. In those years we worked on many television shows where I developed into a filmmaker. When I started making independent films, Tom Kramer always championed me and my love of (what I can best describe as) the dramatic-meets-the-absurd. He heavily inspired me in the making of the last three documentaries: Men From Nowhere, Bronies; the unexpected fans of my little pony, and American Jedi. I would often ask myself, what would Tom do….and if that didn’t work, I’d pick up the phone and Tom always answered….even when he was on-set directing an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the creative process, I think the biggest lesson that I’ve learned is: if something is becoming overwhelmingly difficult – pause and take a step back – rethink the idea. Is there an easier way to achieve the same results by tweaking the idea? Tom Kramer would always ask me, “Is this idea really better or just different?” And never lose sight of the big picture….and the big picture is to always, finish idea….preferable in time for dinner. Tom is a big fan of wrapping shoots in time for dinner.
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?
My favorite spots in Los Angeles are the many coffee houses and the beaches. Coffee houses, because this is where my creativity flows. Beaches are where I unwind my headful of thoughts while surfing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have creatively influenced me along my long windy journey. The three names who come to mind are Tom Kramer, Patrick McCarthy and Christopher Green.
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