BEHIND THE LENS WITH ANTHONY WILSON
At Oliver James we get the privilege of being able to collaborate with some very talented and creative people. This month, we had the opportunity to sit down with our resident filmmaker, Anthony Wilson.
Anthony is the brilliance behind short Oliver James films such as ‘The New Guy’, ‘Nine to Driver’ and ‘It’s Been a While’, we discussed what inspires him, rules to live by, and his experience working with the Oliver James team.
We had to pull out our favourite exert for you which was the ‘rule to live by…’
“Lately it's been this sentence that I recently read in a book called Art & Fear. "Sing the song of your heart and sooner or later the world will accept and reward the authentic voice." It's something I can apply to all aspects of my life and I feel like it will stick around with me forever.” Said Anthony.
Oliver James: Anthony, in a few sentences tell us a bit about how you came to be a filmmaker?
Anthony Wilson: I came to work in the film industry in 2019, but I was always making videos and film "attempts" since I was a child like YouTube videos spoofing the Scorsese films I'd sneak from my Dad's DVD collection, music videos to songs my friends and I loved, and whatever else. It wasn't until I moved to Los Angeles after film school that I really began the journey as a filmmaker. It feels like I've done it all my life but I'm really just getting started and still have so much to go, with every milestone comes more challenges and the seemingly never-ending learning and experimenting this industry offers is what keeps me in love with it. The other facets of the film industry that I'm involved in is a little bit of everything.
My focus is directing and writing, but I love cinematography especially if we're shooting on Super 16 or 8mm film or even documentary cinematography is a real trip for me. I also love sound design and props, I think a director should have their hand in all of the jobs at least a few times to get an understanding, not saying you have to know all the technical but at least know what it takes and know some basic things. It will make your communication with your team on set more effective, as well as your vision.
Oliver James: Where do you draw your inspiration from when conceptualising the Oliver James films?
Anthony Wilson: When it comes to the Oliver James films, it started from music for me. I usually love to make a playlist dedicated to each project I take on even before I really have my idea, but I at least try to have a tone I want the project to live in before I start adding songs. I listen to the music and try to notice how I react to it. I have a whole Oliver James playlist full of '50s love ballads, Motown, '60s Palm Springs lounge music, old Blues, French jazz or Spanish psychedelic rock, and even some modern songs by artists like Khruangbin or The Marías. Some of the love songs get me reminiscing on past relationships like Patsy Cline or even thinking about my family and childhood if it's something by Frank Sinatra. The little, short I did for Oliver James called "The New Guy" was heavily inspired by those reminiscent feelings of a past love and the fantasy of where they are right now. Plus, the brand itself is such an inspiration...from the colors to the fabrics and just the feeling of the name and the font, it's super fun to play off of.
Oliver James: Favourite moment on set with Oliver James?
Anthony Wilson: My favorite moment on set is a tough question because it's always fun for everyone involved because who wouldn't want to spend all day at a pool? But, if I had to choose, it would be the shoot at The Hotel June. There weren't any time restrictions, and the hotel staff was extremely helpful. Plus no one was around so I got to play my bluetooth speaker loud with the Oliver James playlist I made. The models really enjoyed that too because it helped them get in the mood and understand the tone. I also got to shoot my underwater 35mm camera so it was nice to get in the pool for a little and shoot the product underwater.
Oliver James: Dream shoot location with an Oliver James Lilo?
Anthony Wilson: My dream shoot location with an Oliver James lilo is such a great question!! Again, very hard to decide, but I would have to say somewhere in Argentina, I love the nature there and the mountainous regions. I don't have a specific place but Luma Casa de Montana looks beautiful. There's also this Argentinian film called La ciénaga about this family during a long hazy summer, it's always inspired me and I would love to do an Oliver James film with a similar tone to that film.
Oliver James: Lastly, one rule to live by?
Anthony Wilson: Lately it's been this sentence that I recently read in a book called Art & Fear. "Sing the song of your heart and sooner or later the world will accept and reward the authentic voice." It's something I can apply to all aspects of my life and I feel like it will stick around with me forever.
We hope you were as inspired as we were!
Watch this space,