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May 10, 2014

Oakwood native finds success in New York City film industry



Anthony said moving to NYC has been freeing creatively.

“It's great to be able to make your own content that you want to be able to produce. It gives you a lot of freedom. And you get a lot more respect by coming up by doing the hard work. You can create a name for yourself,” Anthony said. “It's good camera work, good writing and good acting.”

“Pride: The Series” was set to be featured in two soap opera magazines this week, according to Anthony.


Working with “Breaking Bad” Star Bryan Cranston

Sometimes working on films behind the scenes can give a writer or director their big break.

Polanco, who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University, calls the short independent film he wrote and directed starring “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston his “calling card.”

But it was a chance opportunity that led to that break.

The short was created in 2012 during the production of Cranston's 2014 film “Cold Comes The Night.”

Polanco, who will be 27 in a few days, was one of the production assistants who was offered the opportunity to participate in a contest Cranston created during Hurricane Sandy. Production assistants on the set were given the chance to bring him a script, and if he liked the story, he would star in the project — which had to be ready to film that next day.

Polanco's script “Writer's Block” was chosen — he wrote the script that night.

“The contest was for the PA's (production assistants) to give them a creative outlet while he was here filming during the hurricane,” Polanco said during an interview with the Herald-Press. “I started writing a script about writer's block — wanting something to come out of me. It came from how I felt about writing, feeling trapped. Drinking and writing and driving me insane — that's where it came from.”

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