Nebraska Film: Dana Altman on Nik Fackler & aspiring filmmakers
In our series titled "Nebraska Film," we've diverted from our usual focus of highlighting entrepreneurs and creatives in the tech industry and instead have explored those individuals in our state's film industry.
Last month, we profiled Dana Altman, owner, producer, and director of North Sea Films, a film production company located in Omaha's Midtown district. With the release of Nik Fackler's "Lovely, Still" this past Friday, which Altman co-produced, we thought it timely to release the portion of our interview with Altman in which he tells the anecdote of Fackler coming into his studio nearly a decade ago with his first short film.
"I saw [Fackler's] short film and there was something about it," Altman said. "Technically, it was horrible film, the cast and the acting was miserable at best, but the story was insane, and I got engrossed in the story." From that point forward, Altman told Fackler, that if he supplied the stories he'd contribute his production assets to the making of his films.
"When it was all said and done, it took one opportunity to send the ["Lovely, Still"] script to somebody of worth for cast and they immediately said 'Let's meet.'"
Here's Altman telling that story:
When lending his advice to aspiring filmmakers, Altman said, "It doesn't really matter if you have Chevy Chase in your film…in fact, it comes down to the literary work, the script and the initial creative picture. It all starts there."
Next Friday, when "Lovely, Still" is released in Omaha theaters, look for a post in which Fackler tells more about the backstory behind his first feature film.