Asher! Thanks for chatting with us! So what made you want to open Pollution Studios?
In the indie world, we spend too much time on the logistics. The more we can make that process efficient, the more we could spend our time and resources on the interesting creative parts. Out of that came our own desire to find a place to shoot at so we wouldn’t have to worry. It started off as a film collective, all of us working on various productions, then we slowly started growing, we moved to a bigger studio, got new equipment, etc.
What’s your dream for Pollution?
I see pollution as a tool and a platform to grow this great community of people who make awesome, professional work in a very challenging, modern environment. Our goal was always to make our own indie projects financed by renting out our space, gear, set building shop, and the like. I want to tell stories that make the world better. It doesn’t have to be a lot better. It could just be a music video that brightens someone’s day.
What makes you different from other soundstages?
We’re a lot of different things to a lot of different clients. They need to rent a stage or equipment, but we’re also production support. We’re always here when there’s a last minute request. We show them how to execute an art build, how to put together a camera package, thoughts about a script even. We understand what you’re doing and are here to help.
Pollution Studio’s motto is polluting the world with art, what kinds of art are you passionate about spreading?
I like telling stories. But mostly what I like is to help other people tell their stories. Some of the most rewarding projects we have had are when people have come to us looking to tell a story they are very passionate about, or are when they are with a non-profit. It is their art and their drive and we get to help by lending them our tools and our facilities. That to me is amazing.
What is it like operating such a large studio space? What are your tips for keeping everything under control and operating smoothly?
It’s been a ride. When we started off we didn’t know anything. For me, the drive has always been, what kind of space do I want to be? Who do I want to interact with? What kind of gear? By focusing on that philosophy, we understand what an indie production is like and that shooting here is going to be one of the craziest weeks of our client’s life.
It’s always fun to take a peek behind the curtain, so here’s a quick series of fun questions for you. How did you go Vegan?
It wasn’t really a big deal. When I was 10 I felt like it was kind of a dick move to kill something just because you thought it tasted good. I still feel the same way and I feel like the way we treat animals is just as bad as the way we treat other people with less power than we do. Our environment and our diet are two of the most pressing issues we face. It’s all connected; what we put in our body is very important.
What has your experience using Wrapal been like? Why is it simply the greatest service around? Please sing our praises to the masses!
I absolutely love Wrapal. In some ways, the film industry is one of the most high tech industries but in other ways it’s still old-school, done the way it was 30/40 years ago. Finding locations is unbelievably challenging. You don’t have that time, budget or resources. Wrapal is the obvious solution. I truly believe that in the future, we’ll find all our locations on sites like Wrapal.
Who would play you in your biopic?
Joseph Gordon Levitt would play me. He would totally nail it. He dresses well, lives on the East side, but importantly – He’s a better looking version of me.
Here is a link to Pollution Studio’s Wrapal Lisitng ! Go check it out!