by Donna Parker
Van Blumreich, who received a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing and minored in Chinese, has loved cameras since he was a child. Clearly his passion is storytelling, and he uses a movie camera as the means for telling those stories. He recently won an award for his short film Imprint about a man with a terrible disease going to any length to get the necessary treatment to survive.
"Imprint's style and story have attracted an audience. I wanted it to be similar to film noir with a unique music and production quality," says this aspiring feature filmmaker and owner of Vantage Point Productions in Austin.
"It is a fictional narrative that I've entered in several competitions and it's definitely found a cult following."
Van used to make short films instead of writing papers in college.
"I've always loved Chinese films because they're part of my heritage. Stephen Field, department of modern languages and literatures, encouraged me to produce a Kung Fu movie for Chinese Cinema on campus and we held a screening for it. It was fun to watch the audience react. You never know how they'll respond, but there was cheering and hand clapping and it made me feel really good."
In addition to Dr. Field, Van still stays in touch with his marketing adviser, Charlene Davis, department of business administration, who encourages his filmmaking.
"She is extremely supportive and has been providing me recommendations for graduate school. She's looked at my film reel and video work. Also, Suzanne Williams-Rautiola, department of communication, has followed my films, helping fuel the fire to continue on in this arena."
Van recently went to Beijing to shoot another short film in Chinese that is now in post-production. It's the personal story of a father who suffers a tragedy when he loses his son in an earthquake. The trip to Beijing was a return for Van who worked for the NBC Today Show there during the Summer Olympics.
"I assisted with lighting the sets and showing Al Roker around. It helped that I speak Chinese!"
Van spends most of his time behind the camera or editing his work, but in his spare time has dinner with friends or goes to the movies. It's a recurrent theme for him and what he lives and breathes. He plans to spend the next 10 years directing movies, possibly moving to Los Angeles, his ultimate dream and passion.
"Whenever I'm on a movie set, I don't mind working 14-16 hour days. I'm doing what I love, so no matter if I go to bed exhausted, it is still a great feeling. I feel fulfilled and that's a good indication that I'm on the right track in life."
You may e-mail Van at Van.blumreich [at] gmail.com or visit his Web site at www.vanblumreich.com.