Scott Weber started as an actor. After many years toiling away on set, Scott discovered that he wasn’t satisfied being in front of the camera. 17 years later, Scott’s finally getting the chance to yell “action.”
Through a little research and some positive word of mouth, Scott became interested in a little film program on the west coast. “I was attracted to the intense nature of the program. I could learn in [the original VFS 6 month Film Production program] what would take me three years to learn anywhere else,” Scott says of his decision to join the young Vancouver Film School in 1988.
12 Produced Credits in One Short Year
Scott did the most he could with his time at VFS. He directed two narrative short films and edited ten others. Despite sending his resume out to every production house in Vancouver, Scott received no response.
“There was a screening of our class’s work and someone attending the screening noticed my name on 12 projects. She went home afterwards and mentioned me to her boyfriend, who was a Producer/Director at a local commercial/music video production house. He came into work the next day and found my résumé on his desk. He called me in, took at look at my reel, and hired me right away.”
Over the next two years Scott racked up his directing credits on numerous music videos, commercials, and corporate industrials. It was at the end of this demanding period that Scott got the chance to work on a flight simulator film for a theme park. This experience lead to Scott cutting out a niche in the film world, working on large format movies for expos, theme parks, and high end museums through his company Vista Collaborative Arts.
He’s a Feature Film Director
A few years later, Scott began to collaborate with writer Glynis Davies on a few narrative short films. She showed Scott a short story that would later became the screenplay for Desolation Sound, a semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. He fell in love right away.
With the aid of producer Mary Anne Waterhouse, a great script, and Scott’s short film written by Davies, Revisited, Scott was able to woo financing and talent to the project. He attracted the likes of Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The L word), Ed Beagley, Jr. (Arrested Development, Six Feet Under), Lothaire Bluteau (Jesus of Montreal, I Shot Andy Warhol), Ian Tracey (Da Vinci’s City Hall), and Hélène Joy (An American in Canada).
Desolation Sound was released in the winter of 2005. The Province called it ” a rarity in Canadian cinema. It’s a murder-mystery-thriller that has more in common with a studio film. than it does with a no budget Canadian indie.” It played at 2005′s Vancouver International Film Festival and received a theatrical release in Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton. Check out www.desolationsoundthemovie.com for more information.
With a Sci-fi thriller on the horizon and Desolation Sound making its mark, this won’t be the last we hear of Scott Weber.