Innovator Spotlight: Hudson Phillips
Every week, we take some time to focus on someone in the metro Atlanta area that is doing amazing work that matters. Today, we’re talking with Hudson Phillips: writer, producer, podcaster and founder of ScriptBlast.com.
What are you excited about right now?
I run an organization called ScriptBlast which creates resources and cultivates community for screenwriters. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see the community come together and be supportive of each other. I started the organization because I felt like it was sorely missing in screenwriting — traditionally a lonely profession and one riddled with rejection and failure. And it was something I desired for myself. Now I consider many of the writers in the group close friends. It’s something I hope I can keep doing forever.
What’s something that you’ve accomplished in the past year that you are proud of?
I wrote and produced a feature film in 2017. It’s called This World Alone, and it’s a post-apocalyptic drama about a mother and daughter attempting to survive on their own in a world without technology. I’ve been writing for almost 15 years now (selling scripts, making short films, corporate writing jobs), and it’s all been moving towards this moment for me. It’s by far the most rewarding creative experience of my life. And that’s not just because I’m proud of the finished product — although I definitely am — but because I was able to connect with other filmmakers in a really unique way to create something beautiful. It’s really helped me realize that creative pursuits are most valuable when they are shared with others.
What’s your vision for what’s next? Where are you headed?
I would love to keep making movies that ask big questions and are told in unique and entertaining ways. I’d love to keep connecting with other writers and filmmakers, and (fingers crossed) I’ll be in a place to help “fast-forward their dreams” however that may look in the coming years.
In the last 90 days, have you experienced a new resource that taught you something new?
ZenPencils.com — This cartoonist, Gavin Aung Than, posts inspirational quotes and general blog-y things illustrated as cartoons. That might sound cheesy, but it consistently opens up these quotes in new and fresh ways, even ones you’ve heard before. This Brene Brown quote is a great example: https://zenpencils.com/comic/brenebrown and speaks on a bit of a meta-level (Brown speaks about finding meaning in creativity, then creates something new out of it, and I’m inspired to create in response).
Do you have a recently released project or upcoming project that you’d like people to check out?
We’re currently running a crowd-funding campaign for our feature film, This World Alone, in order to get the word out and raise some finishing funds. Asking people for money can be kind of icky, but the difference here is that we already have a finished film. This campaign is the only way you can see it early (or even in a theater if you’re in the Atlanta area!). Visit ThisWorldAlone.com to learn more about the campaign and the movie.
Anything else you would like folks to know?
A quote that’s really changed how I look at the world, from the book Man’s Search for Meaning by holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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