GRADUATE PROFILE – TIMOTHY SPANOS

TIMOTHY SPANOS

What year did you graduate?
I enrolled at Footscray Films after graduating from Drama School and a eventually uni with a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Media. I felt that a university degree did not prepare me to enter into the film industry. So I came to Footscray Film School to get hands on experience in further filmmaking in the late 90’s.

What have you been doing since graduating?
Since completing my studies there in the late 90’s, I have written, directed and produced 9 indie feature films which have been released in cinemas around the world, on DVD and now on streaming services.  My biggest box office hit was “Boronia Boys” which had a two month run at suburban cinemas, while “Nancy Nancy” played as a late night feature in cult movie houses across several US states for a few years.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on several new projects including a mini series which is an Australian/US co production, which has recently gone into production and currently in post production of  a psychological horror film about bees and rock stars.

What did you like most about studying at Footscray Film School?
The Film School was such a great place to meet and network other people who want to make, produce and crew on film productions.

How did Footscray Film School help get you where you are today?
If it were not for the Footscray Film School I would not of had the opportunity to hone my skills in making short films which led to me to make my first feature film several years later.  The short films I made at Footscray were all accepted into film festivals and it all snowballed from there.

Do you keep in contact with people you were at film school with?
Absolutely! My director of photography who has shot all 9 of my feature films was a student from Footscray Film School, who I met there. And of course the school is where I met Cameron Nugent and together we played the Boronia Boys in two movies that I made “Boronia Boys” and the sequel “Boronia Backpackers”.

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