From Proposal to Big Screen

April 12, 2013, 12:00 AM   |   posted by in Filmmakers


Youngstown native Glenn Gaylord moved to California to go to UCLA Film School with “the dream of making films people would remember and cherish .” His latest film, “I Do” is an intense romantic drama, which explores the institution of marriage in modern times. The project is a bit of a divergence for Gaylord, whose previous film work has been primarily comedic and documentary—he even produced the musical, “Leave it on the Floor,” which was popular at the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival in 2012.

“I've never directed a drama before, so ‘I Do’ was completely new territory for me, and one I thoroughly enjoyed,” says Gaylord. “Don't get me wrong, I love the other genres immensely. I have a bucket list like Ang Lee, in which I want to write and/or direct as many genres of film as possible, but drama allowed me much more creative latitude.”

“I Do” was shot in 16 days in Los Angeles, 2 days in New York City, and another day in Spain with a very small crew. One of the challenges there, was the fact that the Occupy Wall Street movement was going on at the time. In certain shots, a protester or two is visible in the background.

In keeping with the spirit of “I Do,” Writer and Producer David W. Ross actually proposed to Gaylord as a way of asking him to direct the film. The two were at a dinner party hosted by Producer Stephen Israel.

“The room got quiet for a second as David dropped down to one knee in front of me and proposed to me,” Gaylord recalls. “I felt like I was the winner on ‘The Bachelor’! I think it was probably the best possible way to ever get asked to direct a movie, don't you?”

Photo: Director Glenn Gaylord and Producer David W. Ross. Photo by Janet Macoska.

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Related Screenings:
04/11/13 @ 6:40 PM – I Do
04/12/13 @ 12:15 PM – I Do
04/13/13 @ 2:25 PM – I Do

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