The Larkspur Youth Film Festival will spotlight some amazing local talent on April 29. Among the local film makers is Corte Madera's Nick Lopez, 15. A Redwood High School sophomore Nix as he likes to be called, will present his music video City of Music.
Following is a Q&A with Nix:
• How did you hear about the festival?
One of my camera operators told me about it
• How did the idea for the film come about?
I wanted to emulate the life of a struggling musician, down on her luck, and how just some encouragement can go a long way. When I was writing the song, I had already envisioned this video. I was lucky to have collaborated on the song with a rapper who lives in Virginia, who shared the same vision.
• What were the challenges of making the film?
Timing was a major challenge, because we wanted to shoot most of it at night, but we needed a little light for the picture to come out good. It was also difficult because I had to lip sync to my singing from the recording, which is something I had not done before. It was strange to do that in front of an entire camera crew.
• What's the best part of being a film maker?
I really enjoy seeing how the film comes together to make the final product. I am happy to be working on more music videos for my music, and hope that will continue for years to come.
• Would you like to pursue a career in movies? In what area?
Although pursuing a career as a singer is my main goal, I really want to learn more about producing music videos, because I had so much fun with this project. I find the whole process as exciting as actually writing the song, because you can further convey your emotions and love for the song in your video.
• What's your favorite movie?
I love the Austin Powers movies
• Who's your favorite actor/director?
My favorite actor is Eddie Murphy, he is too funny.