Zak Marx (BFA 16 Film), Director: I’m currently wrapping a commercial campaign I directed for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Working for a month in the Caribbean is something I strongly recommend.
ZM: I don’t necessarily know. I think that “success” to an individual is always changing. I would say success is being able to combine your passion in life with what you do for a living, but most importantly, finding some happiness in that work.
The whole filmmaking process can be unnecessarily stressful. Having loved ones around helps to remind you what’s important in this whole thing.
ZM: Friends or family on set. The whole filmmaking process can be unnecessarily stressful. Having loved ones around helps to remind you what’s important in this whole thing.
ZM: My parents’ house. I try to spend as much time as possible surrounded by family.
ZM: Usually something active — jog, skate or basketball.
ZM: Probably a talented musician. I secretly enjoy karaoke quite a bit so I could only image what it would be like to preform in front of a packed stadium, especially with talent.
ZM: I never really thought about it. Being creative was just part of being a kid. When you’re little, we all sit and make things. Everyone finger paints. But I do remember a specific moment as a kid where an older girl said, “What’s the point of drawing? Once you’re finished, you can’t do anything with it.” I remember thinking, “It’s fun just to make things.” So it was more of this realization that making art isn’t something everyone’s into — or more so, that finger painting falls off the list of priorities.
ZM: Shoot spaghetti from my fingertips.
ZM: Don’t really have one.
ZM: Scared to die alone.
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ZM: Probably over-analytical. Beyond a hardworking, “makes sure things are perfect” sort of way. More like, “It’s been an hour, pick a damn movie from your Netflix queue already.” I tend to make the simple decisions of everyday life more difficult than they need to be.
ZM: Be excited about what you do. I think it’s important to be positive and nice to people. I’m confused by the “asshole = great work” mentality. Of course, you have to crack the whip at times, but I think people respond better to positivity. And really, everyone just wants to get to lunch, so why not make the in between a more joyful affair?