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Meet Cory Malkin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cory Malkin.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I got my first taste for film production when I was five years old, and my four brothers and I decided to make an Indiana Jones ‘movie’ with my mother’s camcorder. That’s all it took to ignite my passion for storytelling. I became involved in musical theater, Improv, and continued to make short films with my brothers all the way into high school. When I turned 17, I wrote and directed a short feature film called ‘Silent Echo,’ that premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Picture Show Theater in Phoenix. That same year, I applied to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where I graduated from in 2017. Since then, I have worked on numerous types of projects, including a TV pilot, short films, commercials, real estate, and music videos, to name a few. In 2018, one of my closest friends asked me to film his wedding, and I instantly fell in love with it. While most other forms of film are attempting to re-create authenticity and emotion, filming weddings for me is an opportunity to capture real, raw emotion in its purest form.

Please tell us about your art.
I love capturing the real, authentic moments of every wedding that anyone watching my films can relate to and understand. I only film a small number of weddings each year to ensure that I get to know each couple personally and that I am the right fit for capturing and conveying their unique story. I tell every client that if they are looking for a documentary about their wedding day, they have the wrong team. I not only want everyone who watches my films to feel as if they were at the wedding, but I also want them to fall in love with the couple they are watching – especially if they’ve never met them before. I want to share their story and have the audience to fall in love with it as much as I have. With my wedding films, I hope every viewer experiences or relates to all of the joyous moments, incredible surprises, and subtle emotions that the couple personally experienced on their wedding day.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
The greatest advice I’ve received is to ‘work with what you’ve got.’ I’ve worked on a massive amount of projects with a vast array of budgets. Sadly, if the story is no good, it doesn’t matter how new and shiny the cameras and lights are – no one will watch it. It’s a harsh truth, but it’s one that I learned very quickly by making many, many mistakes. It’s so easy to focus on the latest gear or piece of equipment that is advertised to make your videos better no matter what part of the industry you’re in. A majority of the people who are watching don’t care about equipment; they care about the story and/or the end result. I started out with a canon t3i and shot projects for next to nothing (sometimes for free) just to practice and hone in my craft. As my skills improved, I was able to charge more and improve my equipment, which I have continued to do over the years. Regardless of where you are now, keep learning, and keep creating.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find and view our work on our website, www.MalkinMadeFilms.com, follow us on our Instagram page @MalkinMadeFilms, or on our Youtube channel, Malkin Made Films (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAOiPQVvUn2s00WrS47rLQ).

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