Writer & Director
Manhattanville College '17
The biggest lesson I learned while shooting this film is that as the director, you must allow for your cast and crew to contribute their own creative input alongside your own in order to have a successful film. This is the first film I created in which I was open to a lot of creative and aesthetic changes and it allowed my actors to work more freely as well as my cinematographer to capture some of the most significant moments.
I had many technical difficulties with Flower including undershooting, poor production audio/no production audio, as well as production scheduling. I overcame these issues by working with a very helpful team in post especially in the dialogue and foley editing. In the end, it's about getting a good crew to back you up and to work together toward the common goal of producing this project.
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.