As a Producer at PHC, Andrew is steadfast about making sure our client projects stay on track. This hardworking fella spends a lot of time at PHC and on shoots, but when he's not here and there - you might find this film buff unwinding at a local movie theater.
We sat down with the guy that literally talks full sentences in movie quotes - to ask about his favorite films - and even about what he wears (or doesn't wear) to the movies.
What draws you most to movies?
I think my love for movies is rooted in the fact that seeing a movie is a way to kind of escape the real world. Which, is actually pretty ironic, because the movies that I typically gravitate to revolve around the real world - real people, real families, doing real-life things and going through life's highs and lows. I really enjoy seeing characters in circumstances that I don’t typically find myself in, but I could still imagine myself in.
Quick question - have you ever gone to movies without pants on?
People wear pants to the movie theater?? Asking for a friend.
What are your top 3 movies of all time?
Forrest Gump - My all-time fave. I can watch it in any mood, it’s just the perfect movie. There’s no villain and while a bit hyperbolic, it’s real life.
Little Miss Sunshine - It just has a really great message that covers so much ground - love yourself, treat others how you’d like to be treated, etc. It’s just beautiful.
Almost Famous - This is just such a cool, coming-of-age film. A heartwarming story about a kid that loves rock-n-roll and gets to grow up in one of the coolest settings ever - around a '70s rock band. I could watch it again and again.
What is your favorite movie quote?
“Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.” - Forrest Gump
I like this quote so much because sometimes, there really aren’t enough rocks. Whether it’s because you’re so happy and there aren’t enough rocks in the world to weigh you down - or sometimes it’s because there aren’t enough rocks to throw - I think it’s just a good metaphor for the peaks and valleys of life.
What movie titles best describe your co-workers at PHC?
Tim: Top Gun (well he is the top, right?)
Rick: Bicentennial Man (he’s sooo old)
Scott: The Aviator (the man loves planes!)
Lindsey: Her (we probably need more ladies...)
John: Eagle Eye (he’s got a great eye for photography)
Tony: Halloween (every day is just a countdown to October 31st for him)
Lincoln: The Kid (because he’s the youngest!)
Kirk: Stranger than Fiction (but in the best way possible!)
Joe: Chicago (that’s an easy one)
Andrew: National Treasure (self-explanatory)
If you could compare yourself to any character in a movie, who would it be?
Joseph Gordon Levitt as Tom Hansen in 500 Days of Summer. Don’t worry, this doesn’t get too depressing, haha. I haven’t had a big traumatic experience like that, but he just reminds me of myself in that, in the back of his mind, he always remains hopeful about life in general.
How has your love of movies impacted your position at PHC?
Movies evoke such an emotional response from people, and it’s been one of the best parts of my job here to understand as a content creator how to evoke those emotional responses and what certain audiences will and won’t respond to. My end goal is make people feel something when they watch the content I help produce.
How many movies do you watch in a month’s time?
Ehhh, I probably watch 20 movies per month and go to the theater 3-5 times a month to see new films.
Movie that you’d like to remake?
I would LOVE to make a new Power Rangers movie. I had a huge crush on Kimberly (the pink power ranger), played by Amy Jo Johnson. Call me, Amy.
Maybe you can finally answer the age old question, what does a movie producer do?
Not much, I’ll tell ya that.