Damien LeVeck High School Yearbook

Damien’s High School Personality Poll

The deeper we delve into production, the more reflective I’ve become about the journey I’ve taken in my life that’s brought me to the point where I’m directing a film of this scale. To say that I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends and family who loved me and believed in me is an understatement.

I remember at the age of 12, writing my first screenplay. I didn’t know what I was doing. I just knew that these words on the page I was going to shoot with a camera, and somehow, cut it together into a movie like Steven Spielberg does.

Well, that script was never shot, but not for lack of trying. It’s not easy for a 12 year old to make any movie much less a VFX-laden tent pole epic called “Reverse Gravity,” the story of how a regular guy sets out to stop a mad scientist from building a weapon that would destroy the earth’s gravitational pull. Yes, my first movie was ambitious to say the least, a trend that I’ve followed with every project I’ve undertaken to this day.

It’s been over 2 decades since my first attempt at filmmaking, and there is still an immeasurable amount to learn. That said, taking stock in all the lessons learned up to this point, I believe, is a valuable exercise.

While I cannot tell anyone how to “break into the business” (because no two ways of doing it are alike), I can say this: be passionate about what you’re doing and be grateful for every ounce of help you receive along the way.

Attitude is everything. It’s infectious. A winsome, humble character and passionate ambition inspires and excites those around you. People want to help others who are enthusiastic about their pursuits—often times regardless of talent. And starting out as a young filmmaker, you have to call in a LOT of favors. Humility, gratitude, and kindness are often the only ways you’ll have of repaying people, but it will pay dividends down the road in your life and career.

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