How long have you been making films?
AUSTIN TUTOR: I've been making films for 5 years professionally and a few before that as a hobby.
What are your influences? Who or what inspires you?
AUSTIN: Filmmaking was a childhood dream that was pushed to the side for more practical career choices. After early business success and selling my first company, I had the freedom to dive into the industry and my passion. I now have a full service video production company and film studio in Knoxville, TN.
My biggest influence is director Darren Aronofsky. His films are what inspired me to become a filmmaker and probably most influences my style.
I think one question every filmmaker has to ask themself is "Am I making movies for my audience or making movies for me?" Because often times those two paths won't give you the same film.
I made my latest film, Perimortem, for me. Now that Perimortem is in the hands of distributors, my next film will be focused on the audience, as I try to generate my newest investors good ROI.
What can you tell me about your new film "Perimortem"?
AUSTIN: Perimortem (2022) is a mind-bending psychological thriller that pushes boundaries and leaves the viewer guessing. A hospice nurse finds herself in the hands of a patient's family which is harboring dark secrets, including conducting unethical human experiments.
What has the film-making process been like for this project?
AUSTIN: The process is very long and requires dedication, patience, persistence, capital, and attention to detail. One small mistake at any point can have devastating consequences.
I wrote the script, directed, edited, and produced the film. The pre-production stage alone lasts several months, as I organized over 60 cast and crew members in total.
This process includes mapping out wardrobe, assembling hundreds of props, booking many locations, coordinating a massive schedule, specialized equipment, working with the SFX make-up artist, planning choreography with stunt coordinators, the list goes on.
We filmed it over 11 days, half in Knoxville and half in Nashville. These are grueling 14-hour days, but I love it. I feel like I was born for it!
Do you create art with a specific message? Or do you prefer art for arts sake?
AUSTIN: I make art because I enjoy the emotional reaction a particular scene or story draws out of a person. The biggest joy for me is when the audience is shocked, scared, excited, happy, confused, or disgusted. Anything in between is just dull and boring to me. I like to embrace the extremes.
What is your creative process like? What tools and methods do you use to make your films?
AUSTIN: My creative process begins with music. This surprised me at first because I am not musically inclined at all. I don't play an instrument or know much about it. But when I listen to a musical score, I started noticing my imagination begins to construct a story. Whenever I am writing and get stuck, I just listen to the instrumental stems of the score I plan to use again, and it just reveals itself to me.
The emotion of the music drives the story in my mind. I am not sure if other filmmakers work in a similar way or not, but this has been what works for me.
How long have you considered yourself a libertarian?
AUSTIN: I graduated high school in 2006, and soon after realized the duopoly was corrupt and legislated as one big party. The only thing different was the rhetoric.
Right around that time was the beginning of the Ron Paul Revolution, so I joined the cause. He was attempting to change the duopoly from the inside out which didn't work, but I still learned so much from it.
I have voted LP in every presidential election since I turned 18. Barr, Johnson, Johnson, and Jorgensen. I also worked for the Jorgensen campaign, creating over 30 total videos for her. I recently did advertisement work for LP National as well.
When will Perimortem (2022) be released and where can people see it?
AUSTIN: My film was picked up by a distributor and will be hitting streaming services this summer.
It will also be on Amazon Prime around the same time. Anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription will be able to watch it. There will be a local, theatrical screening in Knoxville, TN as well.
Watch the trailer: vimeo.com/583218199
IMDb page: imdb.com/title/tt17322546/
My website: vividvideography.com