Jordan Crawford, a native from Stephenson, MI has sat down with me to answer 10 questions, we talk about talk about film studies, his future in the film industry, and about his new YouTube videos where he just started reviewing some of his favorite movies. If you click here: Givenup on the movies, you can watch his reviews and his other videos on YouTube. Jordan is a student at St. Cloud State University and is currently studying film.
1. Who inspired you to become a filmmaker?
The Universal Monster movies also directors, Wes Craven, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Ingmar Bergman, and Alfred Hitchcock.
2. In your opinion while learning about film history and other film related studies which director do you feel gets the least amount of respect?
I'm going to go with M. Night Shyamalan because everyone complains because he cant hit lightning twice but in my opinion his movies are still amusing.
3. As a film student do you like your horizons have been opened in the cinema world?
Yes, I feel film means more to me and more movies have been opened to me.
4. What made you decide to film your own movie reviews?
Just feel that I needed to start out my portfolio and share my opinions about good and bad films. I decided to start out with one of my childhood favorites, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie."
5. Do you feel like our culture is lacking in the knowledge of cinema and also since learning more about it do you feel like you have the need to teach now?
Personally myself, I do feel that American culture needs to open their eyes to more film. For teaching personally I would start with my favorite movie period, the 40s monster movies and then slowly start with, "The Seventh Seal." Also people need to witness cheesy movies to fully view film.
6. What genre do you find yourself watching more since enrolling as a film student?
Thinker films, more in-depth movies and more of Woody Allen films. Though I do find myself to always going back to my roots and watch sci-fi and horror movies.
7. As a future filmmaker want genre(s) do you want to direct?
Sticking to horror but would also like to direct thrillers/mind-bending cinema.
8. Which genre do you feel gets the least respect?
9. What movie(s) do you remember that got you into film?
Star Wars Trilogy
10. I see that you really like George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg, so which one do you like better?
Seriously, it's choosing between two parents.
So those were ten questions about his look on cinema and why he decided to take the steps to become part of the cinema world. We obviously need directors to make movies, so it's nice to see people interested into cinema and also with him personally, he respects the Golden Age of Cinema. It's important to teach others about older films and also to respect new ones that aren't just the blockbusters. Anyway, once again you can watch his videos here: 'Givenup on the movies.'