100 Creatives: Scott Brignac
What he does: Scott Brignac is a director, but it's not that simple. "When people ask me what I do, I tell them that I am a filmmaker," he says. "As a director, I usually have my hand in every part of the filmmaking process, but I also will take the majority of producing, editing, and even visual effects on some projects. So, I make films."
Currently, Brignac is in development on some projects, as well as entering his latest pair of films into several film festivals. "I'm at that rare moment of wrapping up large projects and gearing up for the next," he states. "It's actually a nice time to reboot."
Those films being pushed to festivals are Self-Sabotage and The Assignment. Worlds apart in subject matter, Brignac hopes that people will see the range of creativity in his work. "Self-Sabotage is a cycle of short films composed for the all electronic, all instrumental album Feedback by Derek Webb. It has no dialogue and is an abstract narrative," he explains. "The Assignment is on the other end of the spectrum, a high school dramedy. Both were challenging in their own right," Brignac states.
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Why he likes it: That same challenge is what keeps Scott in filmmaking. "It's incredibly hard," he says. "Every time I finish a project I grow as an artist and learn something new. I think being a great filmmaker requires hard work and determination, and builds character."
There's a joy in all that diligence, and a great deal more that Scott enjoys about the filmmaking process. "I like working with actors, learning technical skills, expanding my knowledge in writing and research, and collaboration," he says. "In fact, collaboration is my absolute favorite part. I'm surrounded by extremely talented people and learn so much from working with them."
What inspires him: "A lot of things," he replies. "My faith feeds me with such rich story substance - sacrifice, hope, love, redemption. My two girls are exploring this life and have such great hearts, and such great lines. They say the most incredible things that just amaze me. I'm also inspired by my talented friends."
If not here, then where? Scott's not anxious to leave Houston anytime soon. As he says, "I can do what I do from most anywhere, but I wouldn't right now because I have such a great group of peers around me."
If not this, then what? "Fly-fishing guide."
What's next? "I'm striving to direct my first feature film soon," he replies. "It's got to be the right project, so I'm just working on finding a story that I must tell."
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