- Posted August 18, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
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To Thine Own Self Be True: Timothy Paul Taylor
Some people are born to watch movies and then there are those who were born to make them. Either you have it or you don’t. Timothy “ Tim” Paul Taylor definitely has what it takes to make movies come alive! Yes, Mr. Taylor has traveled to several different places to continue his dream of making great movies. From London, Berlin, Indiana and hopefully sooner then later, South East Asia. Without even going to film school, Tim knew he wanted to make films more then ever.
Mr. Taylor knew he wanted to be a filmmaker almost right away! Growing up in the 70’s it was nearly the last “ golden age of cinema”, he was into film, going to movies when coke was just fifty cents and there were free refills, he would see double features and study them. Mr. Taylor states, “ Cinema appealed to me. Disney captured my imagination and when Star Wars first came out, everyone was affected by it and everyone wanted to be those super hero’s.” But, it was Mr. Taylor that wanted to be that guy to make films. As he continued to study them, he decided to make his own film. During the 5th grade, he wrote his first film to impress a girl and gave her a character. Having found inspiration to make his film, he began making fight scenes with a 8mm camera! Tim was born to make movies. Having great influences such as Spike Lee, Spielberg and George Lucas, Tim continued to watch and study movies to the best of his ability! As a child, Mr. Taylor was always an artist and although he did play sports some, being an artist and reading books was his forte. Wow, talk about being determined, Mr. Taylor bounced around different majors in school such as Graphic Design, Journalism, and Film Application. He wished he would have went to film school such as FullSail University, but clearly he still was able to learn the craft without it.
Mr. Timothy Taylor states he’s impressed with people who do computer animation and green screen work. Knowing how to use the green screen, he doesn’t know how to change perspectives which can be challenging. Directing is an art form. He states that everyone can learn the craft but some people are born to the craft of making films. The sounds, lights, animation, all of the technical things are difficult when dealing with films. I asked Mr. Taylor how he felt about “gorilla filming” and I got the most honest and surprising answer. Mr. Taylor stated, “ It’s learning to cut corners, but it’s not quality work. As independent artists it’s what we do. But it can be painful in terms of not paying a lot of money or making a lot of money. It can also hurt friendships.” When he responded to that question, I never thought about it in that context. When it comes to writing scripts according to Mr. Taylor there is a such thing as bad writing. As a new screenwriter myself, I know the difficulties of wanting a great script. Mr. Taylor states, “ if you take it back from k-12, kids are now learning to memorize and not learning how to think or be analytical. They aren’t learning discipline. If a kid has a 20-page paper, they will do the only pages but instead they don’t be passionate about and may expand. Social Media has made us bad writers. We spell incorrectly, and don’t keep things in the certain format. I had a guy send me a script that was 35 pages. Once I reformatted it, it was 150 pages. The story was great but the script was hard to work with. Most people aren’t taking creative writing classes; they are taking the core classes that they needed and they aren’t focusing on the material. Most people aren’t reading anymore. Young people inspire me because in spite the limitations where film is good things can still happen in the film industry. Film can’t be compared to art.
When Mr. Taylor wrote his 2nd script, he was ecstatic that he got it done. He was proud of his work. I’m sure all screenwriter’s had this feeling when writing his or her first script. I know I did. Mr. Taylor’s script was ten pages and the script got noticed! What an honor, it can be difficult to get noticed as a new writer and writer period. Mr. Taylor’s advice to aspiring writers is to study the masters. There is a lot to learn from the first filmmakers of film. It’s great to help people, learn the business, and network. Movies are expensive; you don’t have to see every new film that comes out every weekend. One can learn a lot about watching films, but the new generation should look at what was done before and try to revamp it or make it original. You can’t be antisocial and make it in film. Put yourself out there whether you start from the bottom sweeping, holding a lamp, or helping with lines. You must do it to learn. While interviewing Mr. Taylor, I was taking notes because this message or advice that he gives, rings true for this type of business. Mr. Taylor started from the bottom as doing coverage for a company making just $50 a script! You must start somewhere, but you have to start.
When asking Mr. Taylor, who he would like to work with in the business, he states, “ I want to work with any of the movie brats. They are getting older and still making their best films, Spielberg, Lucas, and Coperal are the three he’d like to look over their shoulder and work with. These filmmakers pursued their dream not knowing how they were going to become successful. They were once that kid that was looking our the window and saw more. They wondered how to turn a blank page and turn it into more. I’ve had a great interview with Mr. Tim Taylor and has learned so much about the business. Mr. Taylor is doing several movies in different genres such as Robot/Girlfriend working with the great Stephen “ Stix” Josey”, a Sci Fi written by John Cosper which is a feature film where Mr. Taylor and Mr. Stephen " Stix "Josey will be producing the film, Mr. Josey is also the Co-Lead Actor of the film as well as Bill Gobin. Mr. Taylor will be directing. Whew, talk about a talented group of men! Right To Be, which is currently in development, a short film, War Grooms a 1945 WW2 Comedy, and a mystery/horror, Welcome To The Harvest. Mr. Taylor is truly someone to be looking out for especially all of his films! I’m truly grateful to have been able to interview this prolific filmmaker.
Timothy Paul Taylor was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He began painting and drawing as a young child, and made his first film at the age of nine. With the help and encouragement of family and friends, Tim went on to become an artist, actor, writer, director, and producer. Tim admits to being a late bloomer as an artist due to the fact that he was quite ill for 15 years (he received a kidney transplant in late 2011 – this new gift of life is part of what inspires his desire to create). Thanks to an organ donor and improvements in medicine, he happily reports to being on the rebound.
This year brings new works as director/producer, which include: Welcome to the Harvest, and the upcoming War Grooms and Robot/Girlfriend. As an actor you you may see Tim soon in the forthcoming films Right to Be, The Vampire in the Dorm and The Gospel Writers' Autographs.
Tim has traveled extensively around the world in our hemisphere and in Europe. He vows to film in Asia in the next couple of years.
Favorite Quote: To thine own self be true, Never Give Up!