JM: As usual Dylan, let the people know the basics about ya before we dive in!
DB: My name is Dylan Baumgartner. I’m based out of Temecula, California. I am a writer, director, producer, editor, and musician. I make short films, music videos, books, comic books, and music.
JM: I remember going to one of your film premieres at the Temeku in Temecula, pretty sure it was Dynamica that was being released. How did you go about getting your films independently published?
DB: Yeah that was back in 2017 when theaters were still alive and well. I do remember seeing you there at the Dynamica premiere with Michael and if I’m not mistaken, Jake was there too. Thanks again for coming out! That was a fun premiere. It was also an expensive one for me. The budget for Dynamica ended up being around $3,000 out of pocket plus an overpriced theater rental while I was working a minimum wage job at Subway. But after premiering Nightwatchers at Temeku in 2018, I haven’t done a theater rental from them since and I probably won’t again anytime soon. The last short film I directed was premiered at the 2019 Elev8 Film Festival in Temecula at the Edwards Cinema.
JM: I totally feel you on paying out of pocket to make your dreams work. It’s discouraging when it doesn’t go your way, but we haven’t given up and that’s what matters! What is the hardest part about being a director/producer? I figure there’s a lot of sleepless nights and early mornings.
JM: You know, it’s taken me some time to understand we do this creative shit in order to maintain our minds. Recognition and money are something that MIGHT come along. It’s especially hard trying to just find people who want to help for the sake of helping out your cause. I run into that a lot as well. So, with that being said, creating involves struggles, but what would you say is your biggest strength during the creative process of your content.
JM: That’s how I feel with my music and with Unify Collective. I need to be fully involved in it, even if I don’t have the skillset to edit a video or graphic design I still am involved 100% of the entire project to make sure my vision comes to life. How would you classify your genre of cinematography? It looks like you deal with a lot of variety which is great!
JM: Multiple hats! That’s a good description. I often feel like the editor, producer, art direction, designer, etc. But I always let the creatives I work with have their freedom because they often come up with ideas that were completely different and end up better than what I originally had in mind. What is it about your style that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd?
JM: Was it hard to create or did you find it an easy process since you felt connected to it?
Artwork: Alicia Mutlu
DB: I think it’s really important to have a personal connection to what you are working on. For me, art is a form of therapy.
JM: That’s what Unify Collective and my music are, therapy. So I completely understand where you’re coming from. Speaking of my music, what inspired you behind the “Toxic Box” promotional videos that you helped me out with? They came out so clean!
Artwork: Barep Bachtiar
DB: Thank you and thanks for approaching me with the project. For the “Toxic Box” video, I was just trying to service the song and the artwork you gave me. I felt like there should be a sense of chaos.
Artwork: Ian Wilkins
DB: Followed up by another book, Copy Cats in October.
Artwork: Dylan Baumgartner
DB: I’m also releasing a second issue of Fernello on Thanksgiving this year.
DB: My music side project Slingshot is coming out with a 14 track album titled “Trapped in Oblivion” in November.
Artwork: Brandon Watkins
DB: And currently I am working on a new short film called “Me & You”.