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May 10, 2014

Oakwood native finds success in New York City film industry



After Cranston chose the script, Polanco had three hours to put it together. His fellow production assistants Chaz Rose and Spenser Granese jumped on board to help co-star and co-produce the film. Others on the production team were Shane Valcich, a local filmmaker who joined the project as the director of photography and Erinn Clancy who became the editor. Together, they created “Writer's Block.”

“I had him (Cranston) for two to three hours that day. It was pretty ambitious. He worked with us one more day after that,” Polanco said.

Actress Lela Edgar became the mysterious woman that is featured in the short film. Cranston's character, caught up by writer's block, falls for a muse and becomes lost.

Yes, it was intimidating directing him on the film, but the short time we had didn't allow me to anticipate. But yes, I had my moments where I thought this is Walter White! I had literally just started watching 'Breaking Bad.' That's why when the opportunity came up, I knew I had to do it. I had to jump in there and figure it out and not think about it,” Polanco said.

Polanco said working in the film industry has led to amazing opportunities.

“I've learned that if you work in film, absorb it and learn it. There are so many times where I wanted to say 'I just want to direct, I just want to write, that's all I want to do' but that's being young. If you really want to do this, then learn. Because of that, I got the opportunity to work with Bryan (Cranston).

The short film already has started making waves.

“I hope it leads to making my mark and getting someone interested in more of our work,” Polanco said.

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