With the endless opportunities the world of film making has created, filmmakers world over were bound to find unique ways to demonstrate their skills into a means by which to establish their careers.
Especially in the last two decades, the industry has opened many new doors for individuals and companies to help them create an audience and make the most of their following. Filmmaker George Henry Horton is one such person.
While many traditional filmmakers focus on long stints of development and seeking out large amounts of capital to finance films, George has taken a different approach. Coming out of his studies at the American Film Institute, he immediately wanted to make movies, and so hustled to bring budgets down and get groups of friends together to make three feature films.
He started with horror film Ground Floor, starring Stacy Chu. Following that, he worked with Kinogo Pictures, shooting sci-fi thriller Project Dorothy, starring Tim DeZarn and Adam Budron. More recently, he worked with Mena Suvari and Danielle Harris on psychological thriller, Anne, With Love, which he directed, and co-produced and co-wrote with lead actor Blaine Morris.
‘A lot of folks view indie filmmaking as ‘less than’. I would argue it offers a creative freedom to take risks, and perhaps more crucially, we should always remember that story will forever be king’. That’s ultimately why I was fortunate enough to work with Mena and Danielle, because they believed in the story Blaine and I cooked up!’
‘We also have a really exciting announcement to make soon about an additional cast member, who may or may not have received a nomination for an Academy Award!’
It was hugely humbling to work with all of these folks, including Blaine herself, who is a terrific actress. 3 or 4 years ago, If you’d told me i’d be working with an oscar nominee or honestly any of these fantastic actors, I’d never have believed you.
No stranger to guerilla filmmaking, George’s career in entertainment started in 2013, when his comedy YouTube channel went viral, and was featured from ABC’s Good Morning America to Discovery’s Crowd Control, and amassed millions of views, as well as a dedicated online fanbase.
But it was his acceptance into and studies at AFI which saw George fall hopelessly in love with filmmaking. There, he wrote and produced the short film Dreadspace, starring Lucy Boryer (Doogie Howser, M.D).
The film was about a lonely, disabled grandfather who tries to connect with his neglected grandson, exploring both the potential and the danger of virtual reality.
It was ultimately distributed by Channel 4 and received critical acclaim from several critics. In 2019, he produced another short film, Waiting Game, a short film starring Bruce McGill, John Patrick Amedori, Dilshad Vadsaria, and Roger Cross. The film had a limited theatrical release.
Not going unnoticed by Hollywood’s suits, he is repped at Bohemia Group, and also develops content with their production division.
Calling himself a ‘filmmaker rather than any position in particular’, George has produced, directed and written. He’s even made cameo appearances in some of them.
Notwithstanding, producing was where he cut his teeth, and outside of his own projects, he associate produced Ice Cream in the Cupboard and worked again with Kinogo Pictures in this role on their sci-fi romp Useless Humans.
George has sought to leverage every resource necessary to make these films happen, whilst remembering the importance of the story.
Anyone can do it. I absolutely love to see movies like that. Where the filmmakers have poured their blood, sweat and tears into their work, and didn’t take no for an answer!
As the digital climate continues to evolve it is clear that it will require initiative and hard work from those who wish to stay on top. One thing is for sure, however the film industry changes, it is certain that George Henry Horton will be there, leading the charge.
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