The name’s Christian Layne, and I’ll be one of the bloggers posting articles about movies and movie making in general. Just like Juan did yesterday, I’ll be taking this opportunity (a.k.a. first post) to introduce myself. I’m a twenty-three year old student at Oxnard College, where I am currently working on two majors simultaneously: Film and English. It’s pretty hard and leaves me with little time for anything but school work but with the excellent friends I have made making movies I manage pretty well.
Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer. I remember being in third grade and being asked to participate in a school-wide event in which all the students wrote a short story and turned it in. Then, we would all shuffle around the gym, picking up stories and reading them during a whole day. When I saw how other kids enjoyed and laughed at the ridiculous little story I wrote, I couldn’t help feel a great pride begin to swell in my chest. I did that. I had created a world that people had entered and left with a smile on their faces. That’s when I knew what I wanted to do… I wanted to create worlds with words, create characters that people would remember and relate to, write about ideas, places, events… I wanted to show the world the worth of my mind. It’s pretty cheesy… but it’s a true story.
So, that’s what I am. A writer. I study film, I may make films once in a while, or work in a television studio o teach kids to make movies or work any job that you can think of… but in the end, I’m a writer. And like most writers, I’m a very weird guy!
I hope that gives you a little bit of insight on who I am and perhaps on why I will make the posts I do, involving what I like to do most… write. I spend a lot of time thinking about stories and characters, and I love to talk about the subject so I’ll be spamming this with that type of stuff.
After writing and smoking, my greatest passion is probably the Internet… especially Youtube. At th eend of every post I’ll put a link to a youtube video and speak about why I chose it.
This time, it’s a link to a trailer for a short film that Josh Martinez (another filmmaker and good friend of mine) and I co-produced. It was entered into the film festival last year and, although it didn’t win anything, I’m sure that it made someone of an impact and, hopefully, more than one smile among the crowd watching it. So, without further ado, here’s the video:
That’s it for today.
- Christian Layne
“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger