What Does It Take To Be A Filmmaker? by Mark Gantt [FULL INTERVIEW]
Film Courage: When did you leave Stockton, California (where you grew up)?
Mark Gantt, Actor/Producer/Writer/Director: Let’s see…I left when I was 19-years-old. I was 19 in 1990 and I actually moved my friend’s sister down to San Diego. We all drove down and she was going to San Diego State. She had a summer class that she was going to do at a community college. We got her into an apartment, signed her up at San Diego State and went to junior college to sign up for the summer class.
While we were there my friend and I were in line with her and like hundreds of people in Southern California signing up for classes. A lot of them in bikinis and shorts and tan and sunglasses. And Wow, it’s so much nicer down here than in Stockton. As we got closer and closer we decided we were just going to sign up. We signed up for classes, went around the corner and found an apartment, put down the deposit and then we drove back to Stockton.
I came home and told my dad So…I’m moving to San Diego. He just looked at my like You’re crazy. And I was like Yeah, we just got an apartment (I told him the whole story). He’s like Yeah…maybe you’ll grow up then…and walked out of the room.
What do you mean? I’m a grown up? At that time I just thought I knew more than he did of course at 19. And as I was getting closer to leaving he reminded me that my car insurance was paid by him which was no longer going to be paid by him and that I have to pay for gas, all of the things that I had taken for granted living with him for so long.
I moved to San Diego because I wanted to be close to LA. If I ever got a chance to act or direct, at least I’d be close to LA. I wasn’t actually moving to LA because that seemed too scary. This was the perfect safe way to get down there…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).