When I was 12 years old my father rented a video tape from the local Blockbuster titled “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He said to me, “It’s time you see this.” I had never heard of Stanely Kubrick nor seen any of his films but my father, knowing that I had an interest in Sci-Fi movies from an early age and being a film connaseaur himself, knew that I would at least be interested in this film. My life changed when he hit play.
Kubrick’s film didn’t make sense to me in the same way other movies did. It wasn’t wrapped in a pretty bow and have a happy ending. 2001 taught me that movies could be more than just entertainment. Movies can pose questions and change the way you view the world. I was now not only interested in the way movies entertained me but in the way they shed light on our humanity.
The natural progression from young film-lover was to teen filmmaker. Armed with my grandfather’s oversized VHS camcorder, two VCRs for editing and with the help of my little sisters Jordyn and Jaclyn, Odyssey Films was born.
In the coming years my sisters and I created countless videos, each one a little more sophisticated than the last. Standout favorites from that time were A Few Good Jakes, Star Wars: Epic Battle, Pardon Me, and 2100: Jacob’s Space Odyssey. (Pictured in the thumbnails) We even came up with an early logo.
It’s been nearly 20 years since I sat down with my Dad to watch 2001 and many things have changed. No one uses VHS anymore, we are now deep into the digital age. The formats have changed but the obligation to tell a great story has not.