From an early age, John Foutz has always
been a movie geek, and his mission has always been to
entertain. His heroes were (and still are) George Lucas,
Ray Harryhausen, John Dykstra, and Rick Baker. “Lucas
inspired me to think outside the box with the stories
I wanted to tell. Harryhausen showed me I could bring
any monster in my head to life. Dykstra's work led me
to start creating my own models from other models. And
Baker's monsters drove me to make my own, making lifecasts
of friends hands and faces to create prosthetics.”
Seeing Star Wars in '77 was a mile-marker for the young
filmmaker, inspiring him to begin making props and models
and, years later, creating both stop-motion
and live-action short films with his dad's Super 8mm
film camera. John wrote his first feature length screenplay
in high school, devised ways to make all the practical
effects work, but then found out how much it costs to
make a feature length film. The production was shelved.
Following the footsteps of his grandfather, Doug Foutz
(Painter, Illustrator), John went to college to be a commercial
artist. Part of his curriculum was photography, which
taught balance and lighting within the still frame. Within
a year, John's attention turned back to making movies,
and he decided to quit college and pursue filmmaking.
Easier said than done. John visited many movie sets in
NC but could not find steady work, so he took a few photography
courses at the local community college to get back into
the darkroom and better control his photographic images.
His teacher hired him to work in a small TV studio in
Charlotte, NC where John put his knowledge of still images
in motion as a camera operator. Here, he also furthered
his skills as a director, producer, and video editor.
Hitting the ceiling at this job, he went back to school
to get a degree in Commercial Art & Advertising, which
led to a job at an Ad Agency/Service Bureau in South Charlotte
until a pinched sciatic nerve forced him into physical
therapy and he lost his job. During this time at home,
John started his freelance career as an illustrator/designer.
This slowly afforded him the ability to purchase some
video equipment and a computer to write his scripts and
to do some acting in films and on the stage. By '02, John
officially made his way back to moving pictures, writing/producing/directing/shooting/editing
his own short films and teaching some acting classes.
Seeing the freedom in shooting and editing digitally,
John teamed up with fellow creative Hannah
Dennis in '03 to Produce/DP her feature film Bird
in a Glass House with Hannah at the directing helm. In
'04, John purchased better gear and directed the feature
film Mind Breaker for Shadowdog
Productions, which starred Vanelle.
Since then, John has directed five feature films for Dexter
Goad's Shadowdog Productions (taking a supporting
role in Dirt Cheap Therapy) as well as directing numerous
projects for his own company, Foutz Studios, LLC. John's
skill set covers every aspect of production in both the
live-action and animation sides of entertainment. Currently,
he is “working closely with producing partner Vanelle
(Magic-Tribe Pictures) on numerous upcoming projects,
bringing balance to the force, so to speak, and making
Foutz Studios a smoother running machine”.
John is the leader of the new venture, Made For Film,
a global service directory for the entertainment industry.
“We want to revolutionize the way talent is found.
Talented people should not be discriminated against based
on location. With Made For Film, LLC, everyone listed
has an equal chance to be found – anywhere on the