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What Makes a Filmmaker…..

A series of interviews with filmmakers from all over the world interviewed by their peers.

We are all so isolated right now, not just in LA, or the US, but everywhere, so it’s worth remembering what connects us as we are forced to remain so far apart.

In our first of a series of interviews with filmmakers, we meet the writer/director/actor David Wilde.  David first got into the business by creating and funding the feature film, “Pasty Faces, twenty years ago.” It was his first film, shot on location in Las Vegas, Nevada and was not a great experience, so much so that David consequentially lost the interest in making films for a while.  “I returned to filmmaking several years later, when the technology gave me more freedom to be creative. I wanted to learn to be a filmmaker from scratch. To learn every  aspect. Making films and on my own terms and to learn inexpensively” David.

He’s since made another three feature films, a seven part crime series, and over twenty shorts over the last few years. He’s currently in development with a couple of budget projects, and is getting ready to shoot Season 2 of his self funded, Glasgow based “Crime Lord” series.

How did a Scottish lad get from the wee town of Paisley, Scotland to the United States to make his first feature film with a fairly significant budget and a cast of unknown talent?

In the year 2000 I met David Wilde, formerly David Paul Baker, when I was cast in my first feature film, Pasty Faces. Twenty years later David Wilde is burning up the formidable fires of filmmaking in Glasgow, Scotland where he is known for his Crime Lord series as far away as North Hollywood, California and I am still acting.  I caught up with David to find out what he’s been up to.

YR

So who is David Wilde and what the heck happened to David Paul Baker?

DW

I had to change my name… when I went on to sign on and ‘David Baker’ was gone.

YR 

What kind of a kid were you growing up? Who is David? Would I play with you on the playground?

DW

I was a very quiet child, I never really talked much till I was 12…

YR

Where were you born? 

DW

It’s a town called Paisley, it’s just outside of Glasgow in Scotland.  Town’s claim to fame, Gerard Butler was born there.

YR

From what I’ve seen your work it’s very gritty, it’s a lot of realism which I really appreciate, what distinguishes your work from others?

DW

I don’t think I have any sort of voice yet.  Because I’ve been working with such low budgets. I don’t feel that l I’ve got a stamp, a vision or a voice. I don’t think I have that yet , so, it’s more to do with characters…they have to be the heart of filmmaking

YR

What would you say that’s the most important quality in a director?

DW

I think the most important thing for a director is to find your voice and find where you belong and go on with that.

YR

What is the thing you’d like to change about Showbiz,  if you could wave a magic wand and change anything about that what would it be?

“…almost like kind of like a punk rock spirit, you can do anything!”

DW

I think what I would try to communicate is for people to wake up to the opportunity, build their sort of brands as filmmakers, creatives and artists…The technology we’ve got today is almost like kind of like a punk rock spirit, you can do anything!…I’ve  had filmmakers say, “Oh, it’s only going to go on Amazon”  what the f*** does that mean! That’s insane!

YR

What is the one mistake filmmakers make? Is it because filmmakers now are lazy or are they wanting fame?

you got to make mistakes with nobodys money.

DW

Some filmmakers will make music videos, make short films and then make a feature.  I’ve never done that. I wrote a script and after 3 years I found these people that funded the script…So actually that was a disadvantage because when I came to shoot the film I didn’t know half the time with the f*** I was doing!…you got to make all your mistakes learn the job, run every aspect of the job…but you got to make mistakes with nobodys money!”

YR

Okay alright so what makes David Wilde tick?

DW

That’s what I’ve been trying to find out my whole life. I stopped thinking too much about it. I just do more,… I think when you get to a certain age…you know I’m stuck with this there’s no way back!

YR

We met on Pasty Faces which seems like a lifetime ago, can you tell me what you took away from the experience?

DW

There’s a lot of swearing here…l’ll be honest with you…it could sound like I’m being spoiled, but it wasn’t a great experience for me.  It actually stopped me filmmaking.  The  8-year gap that I had was regular jobs…then I started it again, doing these small movies…But today even though I’m fine, a lot of people in jobs look dead behind the f****** eyes.  They’re in a maze, they’re dying on their knees with regret …That you’re still fighting, that’s where filmmaking is the best and acting is creative as well: it’s worth the fight… let’s just keep going because it’s that attainment advantage that the next day you may have that break…

“…I  felt like a fraud, this is too early for me.”

DW

If it means the last 20 years of my life I can make stuff that’s good, I’d rather do that than spend my whole life making crap … I had been trying to be an actor, I only tried to write scripts for a few years and then suddenly I’m finding myself starting my so-called dream and I realized when I got there that I  felt like a fraud, it was too early for me.

 

YR

I really enjoyed speaking to you and I just have to add this because I think that we’re all related in a way in this show business…we’re all connected in some way..So I’m turning everything around and wondering what are the questions you wish I would have asked you?

DW

I’m not just saying this, you asked great questions…but there’s something you ask filmmakers and about acting, is why do we do it? … I think that’s one of the main things because because there’s a million reasons not to be a filmmaker or an actor,…you got to find the reason to do it.

”the worst day on set is better than the best day I ever had at any office job okay!

YR

Do you know what I say?  ”the worst day on set is better than the best day I ever had at any office job okay!

DW

Yeah, yeah,

YR

And that’s why you do it!  It’s been fun talking to you, it’s been great catching up.

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If you are curious about David’s series “Crime Lord,” here is the trailer.

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Both series are available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Lord-Episode-Fiction-Bio/dp/B07DFF3JW3/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VTK48BTTFTP1&dchild=1&keywords=crime+lord&qid=1589514443&s=instant-video&sprefix=crime+lord%2Cinstant-video%2C189&sr=1-1

Written by Yvonne Ronceros

Yvonne Ronceros, is an actor in film and television, an Angeleno and USC graduate,

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.