I've been creative since childhood and gravitated towards writing my first year in college at the University of Texas at Austin. UT had the best copywriting program in the country so I thought I'd try my hand at that. What I didn't realize at the time was that we also had a top 5 film school and the advertising "creative" craft is built on an industry saying, "it's not creative unless it sells". That felt anti-creative and so, given the opportunity to apply to the film program, I took full advantage. I made it in and two years later found myself in the undergraduate thesis class.
Since College, the film industry in Texas has gone through a lot of changes. Our state effort towards building the third coast didn't really pan out so my decision to stay in Texas meant that the dream to be a filmmaker would become just a dream for the next decade. Since the price for production/post gear has dropped in the last ten years, dusting off the directors cap and picking up where I left off has brought the dream back to reality.
In the intervening years, I worked in outside production systems sales/account management with two central Texas companies, and then broadcast engineering with the University of Texas and now with the NBA. When I'm not doing the day gig, I read and write. For two years, I worked as a 2nd round reader for the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. My focus as a reader was on Fictional Narrative feature scripts of all genres as well as TV pilots. in order to continue with my love of story telling, I founded and manage a screen writer's group, help my Austin based film tribe with production needs, while working on crowd sourcing and finishing my short film "The Land".
"The Land" is close to completion and will be the main subject of my crowdsourcing campaign that goes through May of 2018 when all of the elements will be in place to finish the film. It's a 20 minute short that I wrote and directed, shot on location in East Texas in the 16mm cinemascope format. This was achieved by custom building an anamorphic rig for the Arriflex SR.
I love to find quirky scripts with strong themes and characters, work with other writers to hammer out the story's structure and clarify themes. I played sports growing up and enjoy working in sports media while I study screenwriting and storytelling. I also enjoy the craft of acting and when the budget allows, go back to my acting coach for feedback on my technique. Once I finish with the crowdsourcing campaign, I plan to audition for roles in the central Texas area.
Name: Blake Naleid
Lives in: Austin, Texas
Unique traits: My mom was a red head. I got some of the gene which comes out in my beard and if the light hits it just right, my hair. My great grandmother was cherokee native american. I believe that I got some of my muscular build from the cherokee blood.
University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)