Friday, March 6, 2015

Q&A with Kenny Linn

This is Kenny Linn. Thank heaven for Kenny Linn, because without him, there is no movie.
Kenny's official role with the film is that of editor, but but he's doing so much more than that. He's shot video and has been involved in every way with helping us shape the documentary's vision.
Kenny went to film school in Denver, and currently teaches Broadcast and Video production at Derby High. He's a gifted videographer and editor who plans on being involved with Kansas filmmakers for a long time to come.
For a young guy, Kenny has a staggering knowledge of just about any movie genre you can think of. From our conversations, I can tell you he adores Stanley Kubrick and now that I look at this picture, I believe he's even starting to look like him.
Here's a Q&A so you can get to know Kenny a little better. You can also check out his Vimeo profile here.

How did you end up at Art Institute of Colorado?

I got lost while attending WSU, I changed my plan of study a couple of times, and was starting to feel like I was going to school for the sake of going to school. However, there have always been two interests that have stuck with me: images and writing, A degree in filmmaking seemed like a logical direction. I didn't have much interest in moving to a coast and Denver seemed like a pretty cool place, so I chose the Art Institute of Colorado. 

How did your experience differ from someone who had gone to, for example, a large state university?

Art school is ... interesting, but one of the experiences that really sticks out about living between Denver and Wichita was the perspective on politics. Compared to my friends in Colorado, I'm a conservative redneck but back here in Kansas, I'm a liberal hippy. Whatever that means. Not sure I answered the question but I'm moving on.

You have a degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about filmmaking?

I don't think a lot of people realize how much work it is. Our culture consumes so much media and we have a constant stream of new content, it's easy to forget just how much time is put into projects.

You’re teaching aspiring filmmakers right now. Do your teachings resemble what you were taught a few years ago, or has the craft changed?

The craft hasn't changed but it's always changing. Is that a satisfying answer? Of course not. Filmmaking isn't old hat, new hat, it's proven tools, new tools. The basic tools have been around since the 19-teens, but new tools are always being added. Every filmmaker out there is trying to create a spectacle, a one-up-man-ship sort of thing. It's a breeding ground for ideas and creativity and a non existent comfort zone. That makes developing a locked in, set in stone, solid chapter based curriculum really hard to develop ,,, and so thank God they haven't blocked youtube yet.

What is your favorite movie?

I hate this question - there are too many to choose from. The last time I watched "Dr. Strangelove" I remember not thinking too much of it, but I recently gave it another chance and I laughed so hard. I can't pick a specific title, but I think that makes a good movie, when you can re-watch it and get something new.

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