At 5 years old, my dad handed me a DV tape camcorder and told me Steven Spielberg started making movies at my age. I immediately took this as a challenge. From that point on I never stopped obsessing over film, first by making shorts involving family birthday parties and miniature toys. While attending middle school and high school in Chappaqua, New York (a suburb north of New York City) my friends and I advanced to making goofy Youtube videos inspired by the Lonely Island comedy trio. By high school's end I had written 2 feature films and my short film "Playgrounds" won the nearby and esteemed Jacob Burns Film Center's 24 hour film challenge.
Through pursuing a film B.F.A. degree at Syracuse University, I've written and directed over a dozen short films in the narrative, experimental, documentary, promotional and music video genres. During this time, I improved greatly on my technical skills and adopted Syracuse's mentality of being a "total filmmaker". I worked as a Producer, Cinematographer, Assistant Director and other various roles on many student films. In summers, I interned at Partizan Entertainment, Lighthouse Films (now known as REVERSE), and Lion Television, in both Los Angeles and New York. Since graduating Magna Cum Laude with my B.F.A. degree, I've had many industry positions including as a Floater Assistant at CAA, the top agency, as the Operations Assistant at SMUGGLER, and as a PA on many television productions including "Project Runway".
I've also produced, edited and directed a music video for my friend and musician Andy John Mendosa, and recently am in post-production for my first feature film "Roman Candle". I'm really excited to share "Roman Candle" and continue working with friends and passionate filmmakers on humanist-centered, often dark-comedy focused feature films.
I hope you enjoy viewing my site and the work I've been more than fortunate to be involved with so far.
Sincerely, Joe Blank