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Glynn Beard has been an award winning independent filmmaker, actor and film educator for over twenty years.
Background as Educator:
Beard began teaching film at Brooks Institute of Photography in 1992. Eventually he became the Chair of the Motion Picture major and was promoted to Program Director in 2000 to oversee the development of a new film Bachelor’s degree program that was housed in Ventura, California at the old Buenaventura Studios (where the interior set scenes for Erin Brokovich were filmed). With this incredible eight-acre studio lot transformed into a film school, Beard grew the film program and continued to develop new degree programs such as the Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and additional degrees, certificate programs and workshops based out of the Ventura Campus at Brooks Institute.
Beard has additionally acted as a consultant for regional accreditation support for learning institutions as well as studying and attending many assessment workshops and seminars to help with his work as an administrator in the film education academic community.
As well as teaching at Brooks Institute, Beard has taught production courses at the University of California Santa Barbara and many other opportunities such as community outreach workshops and visiting guest artist at several film festivals in both Canada and the United States.
Beard currently is the new Director of the Film and Digital Media Center at Clayton State University’s Continuing Education program. He is working to develop and grow the curriculum to help educate the next generation of Georgian independent filmmakers as well as local crew members for the burgeoning film industry in Georgia.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, his parents gave him a Super 8 camera at age 10. Beard made his first short film, a mad scientist horror film shortly thereafter. There was a screening for his friends and family, which went so well that he continued to write, direct and act in Super 8 films throughout high school. Upon graduation from Prince of Wales High School, Beard was admitted to the Centre for the Arts Film School at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, a well-known Avant Garde Centre for film studies. After a year and a half of study in this program, Beard left to attend Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Upon graduation from Brooks in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Motion Picture, Beard developed several feature films which were not realized. In 1992 Beard, with author Margaret Francis, wrote a feature film script “Murdered” which went into production that year and was completed in January of 1993. Beard co-wrote, directed, produced and played the lead actor in this film about the murder of his childhood friend. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 1993 and was also shown at the Angelika Theatre in New York as part of the Independent Feature Film Market in 1994.
In 1994 through 1998, Beard also co-produced, directed and acted in another feature film, “The Crier”, a horror film based on the Mexican Folk legend of ‘La Llorona’. In 1994, Beard was hired on, with Leland Faulkner, as the Video Design artist for the theatre company Slightly Askew Players in Santa Barbara. From 1994 through to 1998 Beard and Faulkner created video projection backgrounds to be used during play performances. These “video walls” were subtext backgrounds, used to support the story and performance content of the original plays. Beard and Faulkner shot, edited and technically ran the video cues for these video walls during theatrical performances.
Beard additionally was freelancing in the independent film industry as a creative producer, line producer, many production crew roles as well as various post production roles. He was someone who could work above or below the line in the independent filmmaking industry which allowed him to apply that knowledge in his role as an educator in film.
Beard ceased freelancing in the middle 1998 to pursue his Masters degree at Brooks Institute of Photography. He graduated from this program in December of 2000. In 2002, Beard acted with Ethan Wilcox in the Pioneer Extreme Filmmaking project “Go Man Go” which Jacob Strunk had written and was directing. Beard was impressed with Wilcox’s performance and in the spring of 2003 cast him in the short film “SUCCESS”, the first film in the award winning ‘Ocean of Storms’ short film series. Beard went on to complete “SON” (2004), “EXIT” (2005), “FRANK” (2007), “MOTHER” (2010) and “REUNION” (2012) in the ‘Ocean of Storms’ film series, completing the series with the film “REUNION” in 2012 after working on the film series for over ten years.
The ‘Ocean of Storms’ film series, although rewarding for Beard, was exclusively shot on various 24P digital formats. He felt he had exhausted the inspirations for the ‘Ocean of Storms’ series and decided to go back to his film roots with a fresh eye on the old techniques. With this came the idea for “Fragments”, a film shot exclusively on 16mm film and utilizing hand painted 35mm film techniques along with hand drawn animation work. All originating material for “Fragments” were analog, old school elements that were either telecined or scanned for digital post-production as Beard was unable to find a working film flatbed editor to cut “Fragments” on although that had been his original intention.
“Fragments” was also inspired by a desire by Beard to express how he personally sees and processes the world visually across the past, present and future in a disjointed manner which at times can be emotionally overwhelming. Part of this inspiration came from Beard’s son, who was diagnosed with learning disabilities which demonstrated that his son processed the world visually as well and was unable to think things through in traditional and logical terms that are considered ‘normal’ in our society.
“Fragments” was completed in 2014 after almost a year of work, and Beard realized that he really wanted to make a film trilogy, utilizing these old school techniques. “Fragments” was the first film to be completed in the trilogy and only uses cut transitions in its film structure. The second film “Raw” was completed in 2015 utilizing and experimenting with the same old film school techniques. Beard is currently in pre-production for the third film, “Chaos”.