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Laron Chapman: Screenwriter and Rising Director. Season 1, Episode 10

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From running coffee to Meryl Streep as a Production Assistant to directing his own Independent Feature; Laron Chapman tells us about the surreal experience of writing a script, garnering support for it as it holds up a mirror to society, and then to the wonder and stress of being on set as the man in charge.

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Laron Chapman is a screenwriter and a fresh director in the Oklahoma City area. In this episode he begins by telling us a little bit about the movie he wrote and shot, titled, “You People” – A satirical comedy about contemporary stereotypes, chronicling the life of an adopted, white-washed, African-American youth (Chad) who has a crisis of ethnic identity while growing up in white suburbia with his Caucasian family (Chris and Barbara) and his urban-culture obsessed, white best friend (Michael).

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His film not only got funding, which is massively impressive in Oklahoma City’s fledgling film community, but it has been gaining momentum on the national film scene for it’s timely and timeless themes.

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Laron is amazed that he is a director. He says that one day he was a cashier, the next day he was director and he is still in wonder by that fact. He started out in the film community when August Osage County was filmed in Oklahoma and he was a production assistant, running small jobs on set, like getting coffee for Meryl Streep.

Picking up set etiquette and learning the ropes of the film making process, Laron was chipping away at his script for You People and then felt ready to show it people and then felt ready to produce the film, but trying to find a director for your project isn’t simple, much less when this film is centered around your life. He reluctantly assumed the role and took to it so well that actors, like Ashley Mandanas, had no clue this was his first rodeo as a director.

His advice to new film makers that want to direct are broken into two segments:

  1. Be confident. Poker face is key. No one knows what they are doing at first.
  2. Surround yourself with people that know about their niche and let them do their thing and guide them when they need it to fulfill your vision.

You can follow Laron’s film, “You People” on facebook twitter, and instagram,¬†https://www.facebook.com/YouPeopleMovie/

https://www.instagram.com/you_people_film/

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