Brookings grad Blake Heiss wrapping up his first film

January 18, 2012 06:09 am


Blake Heiss, who has been making films since his days at Brookings-Harbor High School, is wrapping up his first original film and sending it to film festivals. Submitted photo
Blake Heiss has loved filmmaking since his days at Brookings-Harbor High School.

“Even back then, I decided this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and career,” Heiss said.

At BHHS, he was involved in the B-TV program, participating in a weekly news broadcast and short comedy sketches.


Now he is wrapping up post production on an original film “Pawn,” and is sending it out to film festivals. 

Pawn is described as “a near-future sci-fi story about a pawnshop where people can sell/buy their memories, and the hardened pawnbroker who runs the shop.”

Heiss made Pawn with a few classmates for a class project. Heiss wrote and directed the film.

He is also about to get started on his thesis film, “Split,” for his Master of Fine Arts degree in film production. Heiss studies at Chapman University. 

“It’s an action comedy about a guy who has a split personality disorder,” Heiss said. “After getting in financial trouble with other people, (the guy) feels that he doesn’t have any other choice but to rob a small bank. The other personalities serve as partners in crime.”

Once again, Heiss wrote the script. 

He developed it in his thesis class under the guidance of David Ward, the screenwriter of “The Sting” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Matt McVay, of Brookings, is involved in the film as well: he’s the lead.

Heiss loves the process of filmmaking.

“It’s never what you would think it would be,” he said. “It’s a double-edged sword. It’s a very stressful, busy occupation. The most exciting part, and the most terrifying, too, is making something where there wasn’t anything before.”

For now, Heiss is doing his best to balance school with making television commercials on the side. 

In the future, he wants to continue making and writing movies. He would also love to return to Oregon.

Heiss graduates this May.

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