100 Creatives: Wayne Slaten

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What he does: Film directing has been the heart of Wayne Slaten's career for the past seven years, but it hasn't stopped him being a renaissance media man. Slaten has dabbled in almost every aspect of film making, and his production company, Moonlite Filmwerks, has produced independent feature films, short films and commercial projects for the past four years. Slaten is credited with the psychological thriller Backroad as well as nine short films.

Why He Likes it: Slaten enjoys how a mixture of various creative elements form a result uniquely different from what he first put on the page.

"You're not going to know what you end up with," he says.

He makes use of his experiences in art, communications and broadcast journalism by channeling them into directing. He says pastimes like painting are morphed into film as "moving canvases" and allow him to develop writing and ideas into a visual medium. The process is alive and evolves from casting call to production.

What inspires him: It can be as simple as watching another couple fight while he's out to eat with his wife or as complex as transitional regimes in the Middle East. "All of my inspiration comes from observation," he says.

Proudest moment: Backroad, his first feature film, has been Slaten's sterling achievement. The project took all of three years to complete, which included 13 months of production. It was a five-fold accomplishment as Slaten unveiled his talents as director, cinematographer, writer, producer and editor for the film.

"I did this so that I could learn the complete process of making a film," he says. "I knew on future projects it would help me to understand the roles everyone plays much better."

Backroad has become a calling card for Slaten and his film making team.

"It's always that first one," he says.

What's Next: His second feature, Patriot Act is in development and slated for a 2012 release. The science fiction thriller is set in 2078 communist America, and follows the path of Kane, a retired government agent dispatched to hunt renegade aliens.

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