The Artists

Scott Simerly Jr.

February 2nd, 2015

Film • Los Angeles, CA, USA •

“My passion is in storytelling.”


Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: My philosophy in filmmaking is story-driven; whether that be the person I’m interviewing, the company I’m promoting, or the artist I’m trying to convey through a music video. I start with the story and then go from there. I like my shots to be dynamic so you can have an intimate close-up to draw you in but also a wide shot to portray a scene.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: I mainly get inspiration from films, music videos, and photography. It could be one of the classics or the latest YouTube video; I try to soak in various styles of work.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: When it comes to editing, I don’t think there is anything more powerful than the perfect combination of sound and visual aspects. A film can move along visually on its own at times but adding music, sound effects, or dialogue I have found always enhances the piece and takes it to another level.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: My creative process always begins at the story; what story are we trying to tell? Is it someone’s life, a company’s mission, an artist’s mindset? I take the elements that remain pertinent to that story and form them together first. You can have the most inspirational soundtrack or beautiful shots but without the story behind it so much can be left out. When all the pieces are in place and I can watch back a piece feeling that it flows seamlessly then I know it’s done.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: Sometimes when you’re going through the process and so eagerly want to see the result it’s easy to get lost. I try to absorb the process so I can see what I did differently this round, where I went wrong, where I went right, etc. The result is satisfying but knowing all the effort I focused on during the process is more fulfilling.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: To have an understanding with others who are in the same field is invaluable. Early in my career I looked at filmmaking as almost a competition with all the class projects and festivals and whatnot, but I soon learned that being collaborative and interacting with your peers is what makes a creative field such as filmmaking so incredible.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I like to vary up the styles in which I work. Some edits might seem straightforward while others are abstract. At times, I have fallen into a formula for telling a story, but I force myself to break out of that mold and piece together something out of the ordinary.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: If you want help in telling your story please feel free to check out my website, contact me at scottsimerly@simileproductions.com, or check out any of my social media pages.

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