Michel Orion Scott
THE HORSE BOY Director/Cinematographer
What keeps him motivated as an independent filmmaker:
What I love most is the opportunity to learn new things all of the time, visit new locations, educate myself on widely varied topics, and peer into peoples’ lives to learn from their experiences. Though there are many difficult things about being an independent filmmaker, I’ve never been part of another profession where I so often took a step back and said, “I truly am one lucky guy to be here right now.”
His three favorite films:
If I had to choose right now, off the top of my head I would say:
The Devil and Daniel Johnson
Man on Wire
His advice for aspiring filmmakers:
Make film be a part of what you love. For me, I always wanted to incorporate nature into my life and work as it is what inspires me most. Though it was difficult to navigate through rough financial times, and to always stick with my true passions, it has paid off more than I ever could have imagined. If you follow what you truly love, stories will begin to find their way to you in that capacity.
His most inspirational food for making independent film:
Michel Scott spent most of his youth exploring the thick wooded areas of central Texas where he was born and raised. After earning a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin (where he also studied modern dance), Scott took on a diverse range of projects ranging from set construction and design on Hollywood features to abstract experimental work and documentaries. My Father in the River, the first film that began this journey, took him to the heart of the Bolivian rainforest. Since that project, Scott has been studying and drawing inspiration from the study of wilderness survival through indigenous skills and crafts and has recently created promotional films for companies such as The Indigenous Land Rights Fund, Sol Education Abroad, and MAPAJO, an indigenous rights organization and eco-tourism company.