Bio

This is my story, my journey in film-making.

I am a trained and practicing Veterinary Surgeon who was born with a passion for telling stories. I have loved stories and films for as long as I can remember. In the process of attempting to tell these stories I have become a story myself.

Most people can relate to my story and that is why I keep on telling it. It’s a wildly crazy story, full of faith and hope, doubt and disappointments. I have spent my life sacrificing many things in this passion for story. It has kept me financially poor but I have learnt an incredible amount. The following is a brief account of my journey so far…

1993: I finish High School in Auckland, New Zealand. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life so I follow my parent’s advice and I get a degree that has solid employment possibilities. I become a Veterinary Surgeon.

1999: I graduate and begin working as an Animal Doctor with dogs, cats, birds, pigs, sheep and servicing a lot of cows in a gang town on New Zealand’s East Coast.

1999: Six months into the job I know with certainty that this isn’t it; that there is something else in this life for me to do. I take a drama paper at University. Surprisingly I am very good at it. Everybody there says you must do more of this.

2000 – 2001: I move from the country to the city and I struggle with the concept of letting go of the safety of a good career and following my creative instincts.

2002: I quit working full time as a Vet and I study full time for a year at Auckland South Seas Film and Television School. They are long full days. I do emergency vet work at nights and in weekends to pay the bills.

2002: My first film  “Night Calls”screens at the River City Film Festival in New Zealand.

2003: My second film, a film school project “Death to the Premonition” screens at the Fringe Film Festival. Watch it below, it’s at low res and grainy, definitely a film school project but enjoy…

2004: Tired of waiting for a grant I sell everything I own. I borrow money from both my brother and foolishly my credit card and I write direct and produce a film on 16mm. I learn an incredible amount.

2005: The film “The Devil you Meet” does very well and screens at International Festivals all around the world. It plays in New York, India, Manchester, Bethel and Long Island. Watch the trailer below…

2004-2005: I live in temporary accommodation with friends and as the custodian of an inner city building while I struggle to pay off my film. I work part time as a Vet and continue to write and develop projects.

2006: I write, direct, act in and produce “Make Evelyn Smile;” A black and white period comedy that wins the Audience Choice award in the Moonlight Shorts Festival. We shot it all in one day, it was the first time I acted on screen so be kind…


2005-2007: To improve my skills as a writer and director I study the Meisner acting technique part time for three years with leading New Zealand Meisner teacher Mike Saccente. The three years of acting and watching people act are invaluable. I learn so much. I fall further in love with acting, the imagination and storytelling. Heres is a monologue I wrote and performed during this time.

2005-2007: I film and act in various unsuccessful TV pilots, promo’s etc.

2007: Again I sell everything I own and pack my bags and move to the UK to further develop my film career. I leave behind a much loved dog. Talk about sacrifices for your art.

2007: Within three months of arriving in the UK I secure the lead role in six independent films.

2007: At the end of 2007 I stop acting and begin writing “The Emancipation of Putz”

2008: I pitch the first draft of The Emancipation of Putz at the Cannes film festival. The concept gets a lot of attention from leading industry players. I scurry back to London to write the second draft.

2008: The second draft of Putz is completed in August and is sent out to several major industry players. Feedback is very positive.

2008: In August I fly to LA and complete an intensive workshop with Acting and Directing guru Judith Weston. I love every moment of it and learn so much.

2008: October. I go back to LA after winning selection on an acting program that takes “British” actors to Hollywood. I audition a piece from “In the Name of my Father” and secure an agent.

2008: November: On the trip to LA I met Lucie Vondrackova, an actress and leading pop-star in the Czech Republic. Within a month of the trip I write Lucky and Rich, a two handed feature for Lucie and I to act in.

2008: My trips to LA have seriously affected my cash flow and on a locum Vet job in the South Coast of England I temporarily run out of money and I can’t afford a taxi. Consequently I have to walk to work, a cool 45 minutes each way with my suitcase. I am happy because I realize I will do anything to follow the dreams that are in my heart.

January 2009: I lock myself away on New Years Eve and ask myself some hard questions. Questions like: When are you going to stop being afraid and really make an effort to get your work seen? When are you going to stop sending emails and start visiting real people and making phone calls? When are you going to really believe in the gifts God has given you? The answer to all these questions was… NOW.

March 2009: A UK film finance company agrees to fund two of my feature films, Lucky & Rich and The Emancipation of Putz. I travel to America to meet with US based Producer Bonnie Bruckheimer. Bonnie loves the scripts and it is apparently all go.

April 2009: The Film Finance company are making lots of promises but are not delivering on anything tangible. We discover that what they are doing is deceitful. So Bonnie and I pull the plug on the Financial Deal and I am back to square one.

May 2009: I post a message on Twitter, searching the world for a 3-legged Dog to make into a movie star. We get a massive response articles on NBC’s Website, USA today etc. As a result I begin to develop an innovative story telling strategy for Lucky & Rich.

May 2009: I head back to the Cannes Film Festival, looking specifically for a video platform innovator to build an online platform. I meet en2go inc who have an incredible product and understand exactly what I am trying to do. They invite me back to Los Angeles where we plan to use Lucky & Rich as a prototype for their product.

June – August 2009: I spend 3 months in Los Angeles as I attempt to work with en2go to build my film model. Even though they have such luminaries as Steve Wozniak on their board, they are in a financial crisis, and I watch in wonderment as their company falls apart at the seams. Never have I learnt so much in my entire life, what an experience.

June – August 2009: I continue to search for the 3-legged dog over the social networks and the competition really takes hold. One hundred and eleven tripods from all around the world apply. Twenty one thousand people vote for their favorite dog. We gain a lot of press right around the world with articles on Channel seven in Australia and KXAN in Texas. The top twelve dogs are shortlisted and put on hold for the role.


September  – November 2009: My visa runs out and I return to New Zealand for a well needed rest. While back in New Zealand I am commissioned by a New Zealand businessman to write a screenplay for a rugby comedy set in the Pacific Islands. I write an outline for the story which he loves and then travel back in LA.

November – December 2009: Back in Los Angeles, a city which I know and love very much now, I write the first draft of the rugby comedy. The Producer and the Businessman who commissioned the work love the draft. But the project falls into a contractual tangle for reasons that I will not discuss here.

December 2009: Took a trip down into the LA subway to shoot some character shots for Lucky & Rich with LA photographer James Reece. Check out the Slideshow below and view some of the stills. Yes the beard is 100% real.


January 2010 – April 2010: I continue to work and develop the Lucky & Rich Storytelling complex in LA, it becomes legitimately transmedia, crossing genre’s and mediums, using the internet to build and engage an audience. It’s slow hard work, in front of a computer screen. Through a series of miraculous events, I fly across to Prague to film, a large amount of promotional material for Lucky & Rich.

May 2010: On a flight from London to Prague I meet Hana Babakova on the plane, a Czech actress model who seems to a perfect fit for the role of Lucky. Hana reads for the role and I really like what I see. Here are some photos of Hana below.

June 2010: Back in Los Angeles and sitting in a little cafe in Beverly Hills I meet a woman who would change my life. She was smart, pretty, tough and wildly successful in business. She took one look at our business plan and said… “I think you’ve really got something here.” Her name was Sepi Day and she had grown start up companies to over $600 million dollars in annual revenues. Sepi heard my story and she believed.

July – August 2010: Under Sepi’s instructions we began to really work on the financial aspects of the Business Model. To find investors, we needed a more concrete budget, we partnered with Viktor Schwarz of Cineart TV in Prague who put together an extensive Line Production Budget. We researched similar films and came up with an investment strategy that could reliable predict a return on investment for Investors.

September – October 2010: Finally our Investment Prospectus was complete and we have begun sending it out to Investors…

Now: Now is a time of walking forward as we wait, putting one step in front of the other, continuing to believe in the power of the story… the one we are trying to tell and our own. Please join us and help in which ever way you can. If you want to see the prospectus then email me at geoff@evokepictures.com

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20 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Newzealandbakerdreamer February 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I didnt know you were from NZ thats so awesome! 🙂

    • geofftalbot February 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      ha that’s funny

  2. Kirsty February 12, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    Hey, I saw your name on ‘heyhollywood.com’ and wondered if you could give me any advice on whether to go for it or not? I’ve studied acting a few years back and really miss it and im thinking now that i do really want to give it my best shot.

    Cheers

    • geofftalbot February 12, 2011 at 8:57 am #

      It was a great program… the main thing is to make sure you can gain a visa to work in the USA if you secure an agent… that’s the tricky part

  3. R.G. Ryan October 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Geoff,

    I followed you once before on Twitter, but somehow lost you in a mindless, regrettable purge. But now, I’m back.

    Should you care to take a look at the name of my company, you will quickly see that we share a common interest, i.e., dream chasing. In fact, our logline is: “You can dream of living a great life, or you can start living your great dream.” You, my friend, are doing just that. So, good on ya, mate. Can’t wait to see the rest of your journey.

    Be well!

    rg

    • geofftalbot October 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks R.G — so good… so good… will check out your company site tommorow

  4. Brice February 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    @2008: what about the bike I lent you man :p…
    Can’t wait to see you in L.A. , I found a great irish pub here !

    • geofftalbot February 15, 2010 at 9:07 am #

      cool! yes the bike

  5. Kristen Silva January 7, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    Interesting. I’m also trying to pen a screenplay, but mainly focused on acting right now in LA. Sounds like you got a lot of work acting in England – maybe I should move there!

  6. Meeksie July 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    2007: Again I sell everything I own and pack my bags and move to the UK to further develop my film career. I leave behind a much loved dog. Talk about sacrifices for your art.

    Would this “much loved dog” be Buddy Mitha by any chance!???

    haha 😛

    • geofftalbot July 3, 2009 at 12:58 am #

      Could have been Buddy… such a great dog. But to be honest there have been so many.

  7. zee June 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    btw, the title picture with the tram, I’ll be damned if it’s not Riga!

  8. zee June 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    hearthwarming material here //
    i feel the every bit of what you’re doing

    • geofftalbot June 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

      Thanks zee. I appreciate your message. I would love to have some 3 legged dogs from Prague apply? Are you on twitter or facebook… could you send the message out in Czech? Cheers G

  9. Lori Nuzzolilo June 1, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    Dogs do not live long enough and it just sucks. I’m sorry to hear about Maggie.

  10. Mittie May 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    So sorry about the loss of Maggie! I, too, have felt the pain of losing a beloved pet. My cat, Sissy, passed away recently and her sister, a beautiful Siamese with 6 toes(!) still grieves for her.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and admire you for following your dreams! Don’t give up yet! You have something wonderful to share with the world.

    • geofftalbot May 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank you Mittie that is very kind

  11. squeak1 May 28, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    What happened to the dog you left behind?

    • geofftalbot May 28, 2009 at 9:48 am #

      Her name was Maggie. She was a Jack Russell/Blue Heeler Cross. She lived with my brother. She died three weeks ago.

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