Filmmaker Spotlight | Star Bunner of Star Film & Photography
Updated: Apr 6
In an effort to bring more cinematic stories to life, Dadley Productions is proud to highlight filmmakers across the country producing cinematic stories in their local communities. Today we are featuring Central Pennyslvanian filmmaker, Star Bunner of Star Film & Photography.
Check out our exclusive interview with Star here:
Tell us how you like to tell cinematic stories.
I love to show the journey. I think every character in a film has a journey even if its short or serving the greater story, but I think its so important to try and develop characters as much as possible. It’s a delicate balance though because we as storytellers have to make sense and it can get very hard both in the writing and editing process to develop a character and a story and they don’t all get the same chance to shine.
How did you get started as a filmmaker?
I actully started as an actor. I wanted to explore what it was like to play and be someone else. Over time and a bit of trial and error I realized I did better behind the camera.
What inspired you to pursue filmmaking in your local community?
I love the pool of talent both in front of and behind the camera in Lancaster. Just being around other people who are passionate about what they do is amazing and inspiring.
What do you love most about your local film community?
One of the great things about Lancaster as a film community is that we have an over abundance of people in this little world of ours who are extremely driven and talented. Collaboration is always happening and people are always willing to lend a hand. There is constant education happening here, you can always find people who can learn and teach. In and of itself that is a beautiful thing, I don’t see that in some other cities.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to tell their own story?
Stay a true to your vision, but never be so arrogant to dismiss someone’s advice or critique just because it’s not your own.
What is one *practical* way people outside of the filmmaking community can get involved in cinematic storytelling in their hometown?
Hmm, thats a good question.. I think learning from people is the key part of this. I don’t think you necessarily need to go to film school, but you need to find some people who are already doing it approach them in a respectful professional way about helping and learning from them.
Tell us about a recent film or TV series that inspired you in some way.
“The Last Tycoon” on Amazon heavily inspired the theme for a script I’m currently writing. Sherlock is another one. I’m a huge Scorsese fan, so anything by him really drives me as well.
How can people best keep in touch with you?
@starfilmsandphotos on Instagram and Facebook