Interview with Colton Tran

Colton Tran started his film career at the age of 12 .Colton grew up in Utah and as his passion for film began to grow, he directed, produced and edited all of his own independent films. His work has been in several art shows and most recently was showcased at the historic Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard. Most recently, he was cast in a horror film titled “Nocturne,” which premiered on Showtime and is now available on Showtime On Demand. Colton is working on a feature film called “Spook,” a stylized slasher film. He is spearheading this project which he intends to go into production in next year.

1. For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Colton Tran. I’m the owner/director of my own production company Colton Tran Films. I direct, produce and edit narrative films, music videos and commercials. Occasionally,I love to act as well. Acting has helped me shape myself to become a well-rounded director. 

2. What are some projects that you have worked on ?

When I first moved to LA I was in the works for one of my films titled GLOOM. Soon after that, I booked a role in the Disney Channel movie CLOUD 9. After that I started directing my friend Dove Cameron’s music videos and continued to work with Disney. I’ve also directed for AwesomenessTV, a 4 episode web-series for Jennette McCurdy and co-wrote/directed a short film with Jennette as well, titled 8 BODIES. That’s just a few projects I’ve worked on and have several more exciting things in development. 

3. When did you know you wanted to work in the film industry?

I knew that I wanted to work in the industry when I was about 12 years old. I grew up in Utah next door to a filmmaker. He mentored me and his daughter. We learned how to edit on Final Cut Pro by the age of 14 and would make movies with any free time we had. That led to a life revolving around film. I went to college on a scholarship and then moved to LA when a manager discovered my directing work. 

4. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film?

I would tell anyone and everyone that you NEVER give up or get discouraged, stay positive! This industry is full of NO’s and that can’t get you down. Just take every experience as a learning experience and grow from it. Just remember, the only way is up!

5. Who inspires you to create art ?

Growing up I was heavily inspired by Spielberg and all of his Amblin creations. There is such a magical and pure world to his films. Then I honed in on my style of film. Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro became a large inspiration for me. The dark, fantastical and whimsical style is what most of my films/art portray. 

6. What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your film? How did that lesson happen?

In the beginning of any career you find yourself in many different roles. You start in a position that will hopefully get you to your ultimate goal. A lesson I learned early on was that you can’t be afraid to jump into that position that is your end goal. One of the very first films I was apart of I made sure I was the director. I knew that’s what I wanted to be, so I was one. Don’t limit yourself. You have that control if you just believe in it. 

7. What is your biggest accomplishment to this day in your career?

Besides working with Disney Channel and winning numerous film festivals around the nation. I would say the biggest accomplishment for me would be the respect from other filmmakers and creatives. My work has grown to speak for itself and that’s one of the biggest accomplishments I could ask for. 

8. Who do you want to work with the most on a film ?

I really want to work with Guillermo on a film someday. I feel like he’s so passionate! We both also LOVE monsters. I would also die to work with Sandra Bullock one day. I think she’s so extremely talented. 

9. What are some of your favorite movies/tv shows ?

Scream, E.T., Hocus Pocus, Trick r’ Treat and A Nightmare on Elm Street… Dexter, Pushing Daisies Bates Motel and American Horror Story.  Just to name a few. 

10. Do you have a quote/saying/mantra that you live by ?

Yes. “Everything happens for a reason.” I believe in that 1000% and that’s what keeps me so motivated and determined to accomplish my goals. Even if something “bad” happens, I can still see through that and know that it was meant to happen.  

11. What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

I hope to open a studio! Also to be in a position to make many films with my friends and fulfill the visions of up-and-coming filmmakers. 

12. Who,from the industry,helped you develop and grow in your craft?

My neighbor Scott Freebairn was the man who sparked my love for film. Dove Cameron for believing in my directing abilities and Jennette McCurdy. 

13. What would be your dream project that you want to create?

My dream project is actually something that i’m in the works on currently. I have to keep it hush, but i’m beyond proud and excited to bring this film to life!

14. If you weren’t in the film industry,what would you do ?

I would probably be an artist. I would push my broken vinyl art a lot more and travel around the world doing art shows and exhibits.

15. Do you have anything to say to your supporters?

As a storyteller you ultimately want to speak to your audience. Find a way for your supporters to relate. I just want to thank all of my supporters for always inspiring me by showing me that my work is touching people around the world. 

Thank you so much to Colton for agreeing to the interview! cannot wait to see his upcoming projects and what he has in store for everyone.You can find him on Instagram and Twitter.


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