My name is Sam and although I wish it had special meaning or great significance, it really doesn’t. I could have lied and told you a story about how I was named after a handsome prince who saved an entire burning village with his bare hands but I didn’t. I should have, though.
I grew up most of my childhood taking photographs around the world with my father’s 35mm film camera when I was a young boy. Most of them were absolutely horrible (I actually decided I’m going to lie to you here to make this story a little less pathetic). But a few came out okay. It was enough to keep my hobby continuing into my teenage years. I first started visiting the cinema every other weekend. This was at the beginning of high school. Back then, sneaking into a rated R film was universally understood by fellow teenagers that this was as good as got to being dangerously cool. And I was hooked. I was, obsessed. I was dangerously cool. There was an interview where documentary French filmmaker Agnes Vardas was asked why she made films, and she simply smiled and said, “Because photography is too silent.” That stuck out to me.
I have a passionate love for cinema. I think it is wonderful how it can bring people together and connect all of us in our own different ways through life. I always had a great interest in all types of art. At first, I wanted to be a punk rock drummer at twelve, and then a Picasso imitator at fourteen. At sixteen I thought, “I wonder if I could write like Salinger?” And that is how I see films. It meshes everything into one artistic expression (photography, music, acting, writing, set design, etc) that come together to express an certain emotion or idea. Film has ultimately changed me to become a better person (at least that’s what I think). I want to be able to give back by inspiring others. I want to make the world better than it ever was with my contribution in films. My grandfather once told me the world was as beautiful as you let it be. I say, don’t give up something or someone who can make you feel more strange than life already is. To me, that was with cinema. So I hope I don’t lose this muse anytime soon. Because that would suck a lot of balls and I don’t want to partake in any ball sucking anytime soon, especially this blog.
The professor said not to write too much about myself. So here are movie stills from some of my favorite movies: