He is the man behind Uncle Otto’s Truck Dollar Baby Film.
SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you and what do you do?
Brian Johnson: Hello! My name is Brian Johnson and I’m the owner of 1130 Media Group. By profession I’m a Cinematographer – Director with over 30 years in the entertainment business.
SKSM: How would you decide that shoot movies was your mission?
Brian Johnson: I started out as an actor and was so fascinated by the technical aspects of production that shortly thereafter I went behind the camera and the rest is history.
SKSM: Could you tell our readers the status of Uncle Otto’s Truck or some updates?
Brian Johnson: We started out two years ago but Hurricane Florence wiped us out, losing our home and all of our contents. But we are back and stronger than ever and about to take this production to a new level. We begin production in a few weeks.
SKSM: Who would be involved into this project?
Brian Johnson: Instead of bringing to the table my entertainment related colleagues, I chose to use local talent who had the passion to want to work on this King project. We do have an actor to whom has a recurring role on Netflix TV Series at the moment. We are truly blessed to have him onboard.
SKSM: How come you picked Uncle Otto’s Truck to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Brian Johnson: Growing up I was always frightened of old vehicles. Especially ones that were just sitting out in the field rusting away. Each had a story and then along comes Uncle Otto’s Truck. I knew it was my time to transfer my phobias to screen.
SKSM: I guess it’s very soon to asking this question but… where the premiere will be? Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?
Brian Johnson: I don’t have a particular venue as of yet.
SKSM: Did you know that this story has already been filmed as Dollar Baby? Have you seen any of these adaptations? If so, what do you think about it?
Brian Johnson: I have not seen any of these adaptions. The great thing about true filmmakers is that no matter how many people are doing the same story, each individual will always have his vision and his take on the story.
SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?
Brian Johnson: I must say that “IT” is probably one of my favorites.
SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1?
Brian Johnson: I found out about it through industry colleagues I had worked with.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Brian Johnson: I recently shot a docu-drama in Nashville and LA. The project is currently in post.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Brian Johnson: In my earlier days I had the chance to work as 1st AC for Gary Graver, Cinematographer for Orson Wells.
SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be filmmakers?
Brian Johnson: Know EVERYTHING from ground up and learn your craft inside out. To really be successful in this field you must be DEDICATED and work at it 24/7. It really comes down to how bad you want it and the willingness to keep going no matter how many setbacks you have to endure. Discipline is a MUST!
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to our readers?
Brian Johnson: Please take the time to visit my web at www.1130media.com and reach out if you feel you could use my services or just want to talk filmmaking.
SKSM: Would you like to add something else to this interview?
Brian Johnson: If you want to follow the progress of Uncle Otto’s Truck with interviews and behind the scene photos, please visit www.1130media.com. We will be dedicating a page to this project in a few days. Also follow me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/1130media