Brandon Hyde said he settled on filmmaking as his life’s work after a professor at Southeastern University challenged his students to put together a short film.
“I had no idea what I was doing. Then I actually fell in love with it,” he said.
Hyde, 28, got his degree from the Lakeland college in filmmaking and has been working on his career ever since. He videotaped weddings to pay the bills until launching into films more or less full time this year.
He recently entered a film, “The Moon Child,” that he produced with writer-director Matt Glover, in the Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa. His latest project, with longtime friend and writer director Jeremy Navarro, is “Brush: Forever Came Too Soon,” a story about divorce.
That short film is in production for release in July.
He has produced four movie shorts and hopes to use one – perhaps “Brush” – to catch the eye of an investor or Hollywood producer.
“Brush” was shot in Plant City, said Hyde, who added that he’s “been networking my butt off the last few months” to make connections in the movie industry.
Hyde grew up near Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to the area about eight years ago to work in a family business. He met his wife, Sophia, a short time after he moved here and thanks in part to her inspiration, decided to go into filmmaking. He previously was thinking of becoming a creative director at a church.
Hyde said he spent time in Los Angeles during his studies at Southeastern and struck up a friendship with Navarro, who moved to Lakeland so they could collaborate on movies.
Hyde said he’s optimistic about his career.
“My goal is to win an Oscar,” he said.