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Gregg Lawson from Los Angeles, CA

 

Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

Recently I've left my corporate job to fully pursue the entrepreneurial side of my life I am wired to do - leading and building an online-based gaming studio that blends cinematic storytelling with compelling game play & graphics.

However, I currently freelance fashion photography/retouching in Los Angeles.

(What I initially did on the side.)

If you've got a cup of coffee or tea with a few minutes, I would love to tell you how this story began.

It all started with TCM years ago...

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

I am a chip fanatic. Not the most quiet snack during a movie, but Sun Chips Garden Salsa did something right that I just can't resist.

 

What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The fact that TCM preserves rich cinema history to not only entertain their audience, but enabling exposure and education to newer viewers. Especially the younger audience.

I'm 28, however I appreciate all mediums of film. More so the classics because to understand the future of entertainment, and storytelling, you must understand the past.

TCM is a valuable resource to take a seat back in time to celebrate and see the evolution of modern cinema and stories today. I do a lot of my story studies from TCM, and always wonder how the past can blend and influence modern/future day.

 

What’s your favorite movie genre?

Drama - Because there are generally multiple genres at work within. There's always an adventure, the chase of dreams and the need for something tangible or spiritually. There's reaction with each action, and often emotional suspense.

We tend to connect and relate to the core emotions our favorite characters endure onscreen. 

Dramas always hook me right in that way.

 

Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

I would say my career would not have turned out the way it has without Audrey Hepburn. I remember watching Roman Holiday for the first time on TCM when I was much younger, lucky to catch it from the beginning late at night. Audrey and Gregory Peck's onscreen chemistry was infectious, and the ending broke my heart.

This was my introduction to black and white cinema.

There was something about Audrey's onscreen presence, her life's story, and humanitarian work that compelled me to tell great stories of my own.

 

Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

I will have to switch to the opposite side of the film spectrum and pay my respects to Ed Catmull, Pixar's President.

Ed's push for computer animated technology and the goal of creating the first computer animated feature film, with the conjoined efforts of Steve Jobs, paved the way of innovation using technology as a tool to tell a three dimensional story stemming from techniques Walt Disney pioneered.

I would ask, "Do you have any idea how you've changed the world?"

 

What do you collect?

Besides a black t-shirt wardrobe obsession, I love collecting unique whiskey bottles and jazz records!

 

If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

Roman Holiday.

The film sparked my life and career.

 

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