100 Creatives

100 Creatives 2014: Chuck Norfolk, Filmmaker

What He Does: Chuck Norfolk is a titan of the local film industry. He's written, directed, produced, and acted in at least a dozen features and shorts, a real hands-on member of the local scene. He's most notable for The Haunted Trailer starring Ron Jeremy, Joe Grisaffi, and Lauren Leal, where he wore most of the production hats. He also wrote the recent horror film Conjoined, a tale of murderous sisters connected at the waist, with his bother Tim, and produced the acclaimed revenge film Jacob

The Norfolk Brothers (Chuck, Tim, and Steve) have always been story tellers. Chuck and Tim wrote their first feature screenplay 20 years ago and tried to push from the screenwriter angle to get our stories told. Fourteen years and nine features and a bunch of short scripts later they realized that the screenwriter door is a tough door to get through, and so Chuck decided to start producing his own scripts. This led to several, admittedly terrible, short films, but gave him experience behind the camera to get better.

Chuck attributes his ability to handle the many different duties he usually has on every set through his ability to focus and his partnership with producer Courtney Sandifer, another Jill of all trades with her hand in many film pies.

Why He Likes It: "I love telling stories. I love the way that time just flies while doing anything involved on a production, writing, scheduling, casting but especially when you get on set 12 hours burns right past.

I really love the learning aspect of making movies. There are so many moving parts to a production and so much to learn about those parts.

I also love the collaboration involved in making a movie. There are so many talented people I have had the pleasure of working with on my movies and I have learned so much from them. They have made the movies exponentially better though their ideas and skills.

What Inspires Him: The collaboration with so many other people in the Houston film community is a source of constant inspiration to Norfolk. Not only the way they contribute their talents, but the reactions that he gets from them regarding the work he produces. The support system for filmmakers in Houston is a very active one.

Aside from local heroes Norfolk looks up to filmmakers like David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, John Waters and Takashi Miike.

If Not This, Then What: "Well, I am a dad, boyfriend, grandfather, IT tech as well as a filmmaker. So I guess I would be that."

If Not Here, Then Where: Norfolk wants to travel. His dream is to get a big mobile home and just ramble the entire United States seeing the sights. Once he gets his fill there, he'd just move on to the rest of the world.

What's Next: "I am very excited to finish up post on my new feature Getting Schooled starring Mayra Leal and show it sometime toward the end of January here in Houston.

I have eight or nine feature scripts ready for production. I'm excited to get started on my next project but I'm not sure which of the 'babies' will be born next. And I hope it will be oddly beautiful."

More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

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