Writer / Director / Producer Prince Domonick who is currently in pre-production for his first feature film, Thick Water, shares how to take a short film to feature status, how he hopes his work will connect with audiences and what has inspired him on his career path. Anybody with a short film who wants to turn it to a feature, read below.
How did you come to create Thick Water as a feature?
I always knew that I wanted to make a feature film. The short film, Thick Water, was a thesis project for my graduate degree. Thick Water was inspired by my personal life experience, the social and political climate we live in and my love for music. I decided to use the short film as a concept piece to get some investors and I found some. I won’t say it was easy. But that’s how it happened.
How do you hope your work will connect with people?
I hope my work makes people stop and think introspectively and reflectively. I want to create conversation. I want to challenge how we view the world we live in through my work.
I used to act out in school when I was a child mainly because I had a HUGE imagination. I always felt misunderstood and out of place which would cause me to act out and misbehave. However, I always thrived leaps and bounds over everyone else in art and music classes. One day my teacher showed up at my house after a disciplinary situation but she came with encouraging words. She told my parents that she saw me becoming a great Playwright one day because my imagination was so big. That always stuck with me and my parents ’til this day.
I always knew I wanted to be a Director ever since I was a child. I have always had supporting parents to encourage me along the way. I study success stories and I’ve learned that everyone has their own path. Don’t try to follow someone else’s path, because odds are the results will not be the same. Forge your own. That being said I am inspired by Producer Devon Franklin and his faith journey in Hollywood. I’m inspired by the business empire of Tyler Perry and his rags to riches story. I’m inspired by George Lucas and his genius of fantasy form storytelling and literally taking us to worlds we could never imagine. And my man Ryan Coogler, and his realistic gritty form of storytelling and all his success at such a young age.
What advice do you have for students and young professionals who may be inspired by your work?
It’s not easy, many days you will have to be your own cheerleader, and encourage yourself. But if you know this is what you are suppose to be doing keep pushing. Expect 100,0000 ‘No’s’ before you hear 1 ‘Yes.’ And lastly, remember there are thousands of people chasing the same dream, but there is only ONE YOU! What God has for you is for you, and nobody else but YOU!