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Filmmaker David Winning talks career, Kevin Sorbo, and more!

Filmmaker David Winning, whose many credits include “Andromeda” and “Something Beneath” with Kevin, gave us many great answers in this interesting interview, as well as some good advice for being and staying in show biz. Normally, I would post a brief bio, but I’ll let him tell you himself. Please see his website for a complete bio and more:  http://www.davidwinning.com/

SW: What fascinated you about film that even as a child you knew you wanted to make movies?

DW: I actually started out at the age of 9 as a ventriloquist and magician; used to do shows for schools and libraries, etc. before discovering a passion for special effects. I started making films when I was young. Dad got me a Kodak Instamatic Super 8mm camera that I was glued to for most of my teens. My first professional job was working as a dubber-loader for a sound studio in Calgary. I also got experience as a director’s assistant at ACCESS Television, an educational programming channel in Alberta that produced docu-dramas. I directed my first feature, “Storm,” at age 22 in 1983. This led eventually to directing episodes of Paramount’s “Friday the 13th: The Series” in Toronto. Thirteen features and 20 series later, I’m still around.

When I was 10 I became obsessed with creating effects with superimpositions, double-exposures and pixilation. This is an animation technique where you use live actors and move them a bit at a time to create flying sequences or driving on the ground with an invisible car. This interest in film as stories began to develop, and it just became a very serious hobby through my teens starting with a documentary about my parent’s trip to the zoo in 1971.

I struggled for a long time in my twenties working on passionate projects that took years to finish. Most of my twenties were spent making my first feature, “Storm,” which I loved. In some ways, you realize later that if you hadn’t spent years making those first films, you wouldn’t have had the career that followed because “Storm” led to everything else I’ve ever done.

I was asked at age 27 to direct episodes of “Friday the 13th: The Series” for Paramount Pictures Television, filming in Toronto, Canada, and that became my first paying job. Success in the entertainment business seems to always be a matter of good timing. When Preparation meets Opportunity, as the saying goes… I have a box full of super 8mm films I made between about ages 10 and 16, plan to go through it someday and transfer it all over to DVD or digital just to preserve it. Spent many years of my teens making films with friends in the back yard and coming up with all sorts of strange and exciting stories to amuse ourselves. Some of them are pretty good too! I’ll have to put them as extras on some of my features like M. Night Shyamalan does. Might be worth a chuckle.  More… http://tinyurl.com/2e32s5z

  1. Sandi
    May 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Jan, What episode did David direct when he did “Friday the 13th” the series I loved that show? and it does play in repeats on SyFy!

  2. May 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Really interesting writing! Really.

  3. May 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    You have done it once more. Amazing article.

  4. May 30, 2010 at 12:25 am

    If I had a dime for each time I came to sorbowriter.wordpress.com! Amazing post!

  5. May 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    You have done it again. Great writing!

  6. May 31, 2010 at 6:00 am

    If only I had a greenback for each time I came to sorbowriter.wordpress.com.. Great writing!

  7. May 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    You have done it once again. Incredible post.

  8. Anne
    June 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks, Jan, for the Q&A with David. He directed two of my all-time favorite Andromeda episodes, “Pride Before the Fall” & “Attempting Screed,” which I shared with Kevin when I first met him at Dragon*Con 2006, just over a year after my dad passed away. The look on Dylan’s face when he finally found his parents’ graves after all those years is a moment that’s stayed with me since. Kevin made that moment memorable for me, and I’m sure David had a hand in reinforcing it.

    I told Kevin how “Attempting Screed” was one of my favorite Andromeda episodes, because of what I’d gone through, and he told me that it was one of his favorite episodes of that final season… which was very cool.

    I look forward to seeing Kevin & David’s collaboration “The Illuminati: Out of Chaos Comes Order” when it’s finally done.

  9. Anne
    July 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Sandi, according to IMDB, David directed three episodes of “Friday the 13th: The Series.” They were “The Sweetest Sting,” “Scarlet Cinema” & “Jack-in-the-Box.”

    And I almost forgot to mention one other “Andromeda” episode that David directed that’s another of my all-time favorites… “The Banks of the Lethe.” It moved me very much.

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