Podcast 004: Daryn Tufts

After a bit of a break, Your Cre8tivity returns with Filmmaker DARYN TUFTS, joined by debut one of our new co-hosts Steve Hatch from Hatch Family Chocolates. Steve & Dylan chat with Daryn about his early days in Mormon Cinema, working with William Shatner,  being Thermwise, the struggles of writing & making movies!

7. Recently, You Have Been ThermWise A Character Spokesperson For Questar Gas. Did They Let You Develop The Character Yourself Or Did They Have It Prepped For You?

ThermWise wasn’t invented by me. He was created by an ad agency in Salt Lake named Richter7. They had the character all ready to go by the time I auditioned for it.

8. “We Love You, Sally Carmichael” Is Your Newest Project. Tell Us About What Inspired The Story & How It Came Together.

In 2009, I directed a movie that I wrote called “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” It came out in 2010 and of the movies I’d worked on, it was the project that I most enjoyed. I was also encouraged by how well it was received and I wanted to write another movie that was similar in terms of overall tone and storytelling. Maybe a movie that could be a companion movie to “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” When I stumbled across the premise for “We Love You, Sally Carmichael,” I loved it instantly and I felt that it had a lot of potential to be very funny and have a lot of heart. It also seemed like a great opportunity to play with a timely idea that could be a little satirical in regards to popular culture and shine a positive light on what it means to be a fan of something that some might consider, well, stupid. Around that same time, I partnered with David Nibely to create a small advertising agency. Dave and I wanted to create a movie together while doing the day to day work of running the agency and we decided that this concept was the one we would build. Of course, there’s a long story here that involves many people and steps but to shorten it… I eventually showed the script to Chris Gorham, whom I had worked with on “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” My hope was that he would consider acting in it, which he did. He was also very interested in directing the movie and had a great vision for it. On top of that, he had the ability to attach some wonderful actors to it on an extremely modest budget. It proved to be a really great fit. Eventually, Adam Abel came on as producer and we shot the movie in Utah this summer. We’re in post-production now.



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