The Spotlight Is On You

The Spotlight Is On You
By Trissean McDonald

Art is the magic of creative imagination, a universal platform that stirs up controversy. The imagination of one artist may be accepted or denounced by others.

The Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso is a perfect example of art being controversial. The eccentric accents within his art is either viewed as a masterpiece, or perhaps different pieces of a puzzle being grotesquely morphed into one whole image. 

Jimmy Guzman, an IMDb member, as well as a LACC student who is currently working on a film project, is majoring in production and filming. The project is called “Someone’s After Me.” The character is schizophrenic and believes he’s being chased by someone else; however, he eventually realizes that he’s chasing himself. 

“At the end, he accidentally stabs himself,” Guzman said. 

Filmmakers and directors from whom he draws inspiration are Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Lon Chaney.  Lon Chaney’s unique artistry moved Guzman deeply, opening a path of interest in filming and production at an early age. 

“The first one I watched was “Phantom Of The Opera,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame” from the late silent films. That’s what inspired me to become a filmmaker,” Guzman said.

Guzman’s film genre of interest is horror. Considering that Spielberg isn’t a horror film director, he is still one of Guzman inspirational figures. The main two films of Spielberg that amuse Guzman are legendary films, and were also amusement park rides at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“ET and Jurassic Park. They’re like, the most fascinating movies he made. Plus, the bike scene from ET, that song…oh my god, like, I almost cried. And that Jurassic Park thing that he created…oh my god, he created magic,” Guzman said. 

Today’s horror films do not interest Guzman. The suspense is no longer present. Predicting what may occur before it happen, and actually witnessing the prediction unfold could discourage people from going to the movies. 

“I’m afraid to watch it, people already know what to expect when they go to the movies,” Guzman said. 

Guzman’s idea to improve today’s horror, is intensifying the suspense. It’ll cause the audience to be at the edge of their seats, and people eyes to be glued to the big screen anticipating each suspenseful moment. 

“Nobody would see it coming,” Guzman said. “And towards the end, it’ll be like, ‘oh sh*t!’ They thought it was [this] guy, but naw, it was [this] guy all this time.” 

   
Dreams of making it to Hollywood are starting to unfold for Guzman. “Little Maniac” is a short horror film that Guzman launched Oct. 18, 2016. This film is documented within the IMDb database, and could be viewed on YouTube. Jimmy Guzman and Natalie Rodriguez directed the film. Guzman wrote “Little Maniac” with the aid of his brother Shaun Guzman, who co-wrote the horror film. 

The goal for Guzman is not to stir up controversy. Rather, it’s an opportunity to express his imagination. Yet, Guzman is aware of the potential controversy that surrounds his artistry. 

“I try to keep my movies as positive as I can. If I get feedback, I’m going to take it as a positive. And if people don’t like the movies, I’ll make more movies,” Guzman said. 

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