Recent film graduate, Christian LaMorte, talks about the inspiration for his 2015 thesis film, Boy Code. His film is currently being submitted to festivals, and will be screening at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrucken, Germany in January 2016.
Film? I didn’t call it that until I graduated high school. To me, it was always movies. I was the guy in my high school who made the movies. I was also the silly guy who made people laugh with my impressions and absurdly weird humor. “Ah, LaMorte, haha,” is what people would say.
At my core, there’s always been an over-active mind that, for better or worse, needs to express itself. Making movies seemed to have been my way of doing that since I was 10 years old. I don’t know why, but it just is. I can’t tell you that film has aways been the biggest passion of mine, I love film more than anything, film, film, film. The truth is it’s just something I’ve always done, and will always do, because the sense of fulfillment I get from completing a project and stirring emotion in an audience is very unique, and something I can’t really find anywhere else (or just haven’t yet). Of course I love films and of course I have a “Movie Pass” and go to the movies every week. But, I think I do my best work when I channel and translate my own emotions and thoughts into a story, character, and/or image. It’s not about how much I love film, it’s about how much I want to show you something I’m obsessed with, or say something I believe in.
Boy Code is a personal film. William, the lead character, is not me. He’s a part of me. The dark, insecure, anxiety-ridden, lonely part of me that I wasn’t conscious of until I matured. High school is a confusing time, whether you had a great experience or not. Looking back, I see a boy who doesn’t/can’t see past these 4 years of figuring himself out, trying to fit in, identifying himself based on other people. I didn’t have a hard time in high school, but when I look back to the things I worried myself sick over – losing my virginity, my height (I’m 5’4″), making friends, getting a girlfriend – my future – I see the perfect subject to make a film about! I have a thing or two to say about growing up in all boy Catholic prep school, so I made a film about it.
I’m really looking forward to the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrucken, Germany in January 2016. You should come!