Russel Traher General / Social Profile

I have had a very keen interest in movies that started in my early years. New fantastic filming techniques that have been developed using special effects and CGI make films look real and breathtaking. They totally engage the movie enthusiast in every scene. They lock you in your seat, hypnotize and enchant you so that you can’t take your eyes off the screen. You are right there helping the protagonist through the good times and bad times complete his/her life journey.
My first step into film making was taking several professional screenwriting classes. I wrote several spec feature film screenplays. I submitted my scripts for script coverage analysis and entered several film contests. I met with many film producers and managers at Pitch Fests. Because I won no contests, I decided to make a few short films to advance my film making knowledge and increase my film creditability. I produced, wrote and directed a children’s short for an IFP film challenge contest. I learned the hard way that my efforts were great but I was still very naïve about exactly what could be filmed and not violate copyright laws. I enrolled in several film making and directing classes to learn all about the correct way to make films.
To understand what drives actors to deliver mesmerizing lines and gripping action in a movie, I enrolled in acting classes. Although I had little experience, I auditioned for a short film and was selected to be one of the main characters. I helped in all filming tasks in making this short film. The film was awarded the Audience Award at its first showing and was entered in the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival. I have worked as a crew member in several shorts and one feature film. I directed a short film that we will be making into a feature film.
My film experiences (screenwriting, pitching, acting, crew member, directing) have given me a very unique fusion of film theory, practical experience and a very keen vision of what is required to make films. I want to make films, to be a filmmaker. I want to be a successful film director.
Russel Traher
Director/Assistant Director
rusts1984@cox.net


Feature Film Role Production Company


Television


Shorts
2014 Cast Out On To Earth Director Alex Rogers - Producer
2014 Tainted Love Gaffer/Grip Rachel Anderson - Director
2014 Rigged Actor-(Harry) Shawn Esplin - Director
2012 Little Detectives Producer/Director/Writer Russel Traher - Director
2011 Several Crew

Film Education and Training
2014 Vincent Laforet - Filmmakers Workshop Glendale, AZ
2014 Waymire Studio - Acting Classes Glendale, AZ
2014 Karl Iglesias - Screenwriting Workshop Teleconference
2013/14 Phoenix Film Institute - Acting Classes Scottsdale, AZ
2010/14 Hal Croasmun - Screenwriting Workshops Teleconference
2013 Peter D Marshall - Filmmakers Workshop DVD
2012 Dallas Teat – GCC, VTP104 Film Class Glendale, AZ
2012 Tom Kame Film - Filmmakers Workshop DVD
2012 Film Maker in a Box - Filmmakers Workshop DVD
2011 Dov Simens - Film Making Workshop Phoenix, AZ
2010 John Toby – Story Writing Workshops DVD
2009 Chris Soth - Film Making Workshop Teleconference

Non Film Experience
• BSEE from Arizona State University; over 15 years as a Project Manager; Develop complex budgets and schedules
• Team size 3-75; Budgets from $50k to $19 million
• Project leadership: schedule, resource allocation, cost and risk analysis and management
• Planning: develop, lead and manage complex but realistic project plans
• Program execution: strong leadership of cross functional teams driving them to meet program milestones and budget constraints escalating issues quickly when required
 
Awards
2014 Short Rigged IFP/Phx 2014 Film Challenge – film won Audience Award

Pre-Production - Thunderbird Studio
2014 Short The Father’s Sins Phoenix, AZ

Scriptwriting
20010-14 Features: Help Me, Rusty’s Gold, Cyber Command, Denial of Service, Five Lights over Phoenix, The Mob Connection
Shorts: The Strangers, The Father’s Sins, Time Accelerator, Annihilation of Earth

Film/Writing Festivals
2007-14 Phoenix Film Festival Phoenix, AZ
2011 Avondale Writers Conference Avondale, AZ

Memberships
2010-14 Independent Feature Project (IFP/Phx) Phoenix, AZ

References
Name/Web Site Position Company/Film
Alex Roger Producer LX ENTERTAINMENTâ„¢
HTTP://WWW.CASTOUTONTOEARTH.COM/
Rachel Anderson Producer Tainted Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2KvkXTb9U
Steve Varnell Assistant Director Tainted Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2KvkXTb9U
Shawn Esplin Director Studio Garjin
Dallas Teat Film Instructor Glendale Community College

Contact information available upon request.


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