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Scott Speer Biography
Scott Speer is an American filmmaker, music video director, television director, and novelist. He is famous for music video director & dating Ashely Tisdale.
Scott Speer Age
June 5, 1982, San Diego, California, U.S.He is 36 years old as of 2018.
Scott Speer Parents
He was born to Bradford Speer and Janet Speer.
Scott Speer Siblings
He was born and raised with his sister Julie Speer.
Scott Speer Wife|Dating
He married Julie Mayers in 2016.
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Scott Speer Career
At age 23, he was signed with HSI Productions, and in 2006 Speer received the MVPA Award for Directorial Debut of the Year for the music video of “Stars” by Switchfoot.
In 2007 he won his first MTV Video Music Awards Latin America in México, for his work with “Bella Traicion” by the Mexican pop sensation Belinda. In June 2007, he directed a three-part video series for Ashley Tisdale.
These videos included “He Said, She Said”, “Not Like That” and “Suddenly” released on her DVD There’s Something About Ashley. In 2009, he again directed music videos for Tisdale for “It’s Alright, It’s OK” and “Crank It Up” from her album Guilty Pleasure. He also had an on-and-off relationship with Tisdale from 2009–2012.
In addition to directing, Speer produced and the second unit directed the feature film The Beat, an official selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and remains deeply involved in independent films. In 2010 Scott directed The LXD episode “Duet”.
In 2012, he directed Step Up Revolution (2012), his feature film directing debut.
In April 2012, Speer released a young adult novel called Immortal City, about a world in which celebrity culture revolves around supernatural beings, specifically guardian angels.
In April 2013, Speer released a book called Natural Born Angel. He also wrote the preceding novel, Immortal City (2012) and concluded the trilogy with Battle Angel in 2014. 2015 filmed the highly rated exorcism short film Realm, Which was also later made into a full-length film.
Scott Speer Height
He is 6 ft 1.2 inches tall.
Scott Speer Movies
- Switchfoot – “Stars”
- Five Speed – “The Mess”
- Teddy Geiger – “For You I Will (Confidence)”
- Eric Church – “How ‘Bout You”
- Sanctus Real – “I’m Not Alright”
- Paris Hilton – “Nothing In This World”
- Belinda – “Ni Freud, Ni Tu Mamá”
- Eric Church – “Guys Like Me”
- Belinda – “Bella Traición”
- Belinda – “Luz Sin Gravedad” (co-directed by Belinda)
- Ashley Tisdale – “He Said, She Said”
- Ashley Tisdale – “Suddenly”
- Ashley Tisdale – “Not Like That”
- The Veronicas – “Hook Me Up”
- Belinda – “If We Were”
- Aly & AJ – “Like Whoa”
- Brandi Carlile – “The Story”
- Erika Jayne – “Stars”
- Alexander Kogan – “I Will”
- Belinda – “See a Little Light”
- Luigi Masi – “The Look”
- Big Boi featuring Andre 3000 and Raekwon – “Royal Flush”
- Jordin Sparks – “Tattoo” (Second version)
- Paula Abdul – “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” (co-directed by Abdul)
- David Archuleta – “A Little Too Not Over You”
- Blake Shelton – “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”
- Jessica Harp – “Boy Like Me”
- Ashley Tisdale – “It’s Alright, It’s OK”
- V Factory – “Love Struck”
- Ashley Tisdale – “Crank It Up”
- Parachute – “Under Control”
- Charice is featuring Iyaz – “Pyramid”
- Jason Derulo – “Ridin’ Solo”
- Orianthi – “Courage”
- The Beat (2003) (producer, second unit director)
- Step Up Revolution (2012) (director)
- Step Up: All In (2014) (executive producer)
- Midnight Sun (2018) (director)
- Status Update (2018) (director)
- I Still See You (2018) (director)
Scott Speer Awards
|2006||MVPA Award||Directorial Debut of the Year||Switchfoot – “Stars”|
|2007||Premios Lo Nuestro||“Video of the Year”||Belinda – “Ni Freud Ni Tu Mama”|
|2007||MTV Video Music Awards Latin America||“Video of the Year”||Belinda – “Bella Traición”|
|2007||OVMALA||“Best Lighting”||Belinda – “Luz Sin Gravedad”|
|2007||OVMALA||“Best Costume in a Video (Women)”||Belinda – “Bella Traición”|
|2007||OVMALA||“Best Female Video”||Belinda – “Luz Sin Gravedad”|
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Scott Speer Interview
Interview with Scott Speer on Directing “Midnight Sun
Speer recently sat down with a select group of journalists to discuss the film, and the following has been edited for content and continuity for print purposes.
You skillfully avoided pathos or turning the film into a “pity party.”
Speer: Thank you for seeing that. The emotional tone or color of the movie was really important because when you talk to kids who actually have XP, they don’t want to be a disease. There are presently about 150 confirmed cases in the U.S. And they think of themselves as normal kids like Bella’s character of Katie. XP is a one in a million condition so we wanted to be very honest in how we presented this story.
Since it is so rare, what are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?
Speer: The symptoms show up when kids are in the playground screaming and crying from pain following a severe sunburn, which is how they are diagnosed. There’s not a lot of information online so we had to contact people who actually have familiarity with XP. As we’ve begun promoting the movie, one of the websites that is an authority on XP, tweeted us and said that in the last 24 hours, they had gotten 100,00 hits. (Audible “wow.”) It made my day that we could help be part of awareness on some level. We never set out to make a documentary or a movie about sickness, but it’s great that we can help with advocacy at the same time.
You really walked a fine line with this story as it could have denigrated into a sappy soap opera but it was anything but that. It is beautifully done – the directing is superb, the acting is superb, the cinematography is superb. That said, why did you want to tell this particular story?
Speer: Because I love stories and because I love romantic dramas and I feel there are actually very few romantic dramas these days. It’s a genre that’s underrepresented. You know, there are a lot of romantic comedies, and there’s a lot of hybrids, but if you go back to my favorite movies like “West Side Story,” or “Love Story,” or “Splendor in the Grass,” or think back to some of Betty Davis’ early work, there was a genre in Hollywood that was this cathartic romantic drama, and that’s what we set out to make.
What was your reaction when you first read Eric Kirsten’s script?
Speer: I cried and then called a producer who is a friend of mine and said that I thought we could do something very classic and special and great with this movie. From there it was about casting – can you find the leads who can give you that classic old Hollywood chemistry? Can you find that kind of quality from two people? That’s why we cast Patrick to co-star with Bella.
Do you think this movie will be Patrick’s big break?
Speer: I hope so. I hope you enjoyed him in the film. This is his first leading role, but he’s got all the tools he needs to do whatever he wants to do – whether it’s what his father did – action movies or something totally different. He’s a very different man from his father. I know as humble and proud of his legacy he is, he’s not trying to rely on his background for success. He really wants to be his own actor and I think he has that quality of the strong, silent type.
Did you see the Japanese film “Song to the Sun” on which Eric Kirsten’s screenplay was based?
Speer: I know the script was based on a Japanese film of the same name. I didn’t watch that film until after we wrapped because I wanted that movie and that filmmaker to have his movie and for us to have our movie. I thought that was the most respectful thing to do. Every movie is lightning in a bottle so trying to chase something is never the right idea. By the way, the Japanese film is different, but really a great movie.
What was your thinking behind not having a sex scene, which was refreshing?
Speer: (Laughs) As a filmmaker, my foundation is fairy tales so every scene in the movie has to have a purpose and has to push our story along. So, if there’s a sex scene that’s called for, then wonderful, but just putting one in for the sake of putting one in doesn’t feel right.
Nathaniel Walcott’s musical score was spot on. How do you think music influences a character or a moment on film?
Speer: Thank you for bringing up the music. I love the music in the movie. I use music in everything I do – whether it’s movies or the work I did on MTV. I feel that music communicates as well or better than images and often times if a character cannot articulate what they’re feeling, then a song can do that for them.
How did you decide on the songs Katie sings in the film?
Speer: We had always planned to tell the story through music as well as through the narrative and began looking for Katie’s sound. I listened to hundreds and hundreds of songs, but what I was looking for was the same idea as of when you’re sitting around a campfire and someone has a guitar and begins to play let’s say a Beyonce song or another pop song. The guitar sounds so much more enchanting and something raw. That was the quality I wanted for her songs. Once we found the music, then we dragged Bella into the studio and said that we were going to record four songs, but will only use one. She was terrified to record these songs. What you learn about her is that she’s a perfectionist and if she can’t do something right, she doesn’t want to do it at all. We wound up recording ten songs five of which are in the movie and now she’s doing a ton of her own music.
Were there any surprises during the shoot?
Speer: Yes. Always. This is filmmaking so what does go right? The biggest surprise for me was probably Pat and Bella’s chemistry in their performance. We had to shoot the sailboat scene on day two of production because we had only one week of sunshine in Vancouver. I had to put them in the boat with drones buzzing around getting the wide shots. They already knew their characters so well that they could just turn on the chemistry. That was one of the greatest surprises.
Speer: Another one was Rob Riggle, who plays Katie’s father Jack. I don’t think anyone has ever seen dramatic scenes like this from Rob. It was a pleasure working with him. I think most people see him as this screwball comic. He can do that in his sleep and he’s great at that. He has two daughters and he read the part and said that he wanted to do it and put himself on tape, which he really didn’t have to do. I was already prepping the movie and he joined the cast and gave a wonderful performance.
Katie goes to her first concert. Do you remember yours?
Speer: I always wanted to portray that. I grew up in San Diego and this might not be the sexiest answer, but Punk Rock was a big deal at the time. At my rival high school was a bunch of local kids who called themselves “Blink 182” and that was my first concert. It felt like magic – the light, the sound, the people, the sweat on the skin.
What were some of the films that impacted you as a youngster?
Speer: I was a little kid growing up on Steven Spielberg’s movies and crying at “ET,” crying at “The Lion King,” being scared out of my mind watching “Jurassic Park,” and then going back and watching “Jaws,” and being even more scared. (Laughter)
What age range will this film appeal to and what do you think the audience take away will be?
Speer: Obviously, our core will be teenagers, but I hope we can bring in everyone. I wanted to make a movie about hope. Bella Thorne said, live your life like Katie Price. It’s a hopeful tribute to the power of love, the power of first love, the power of living your life to its fullest despite any perceived challenges. We don’t all have XP, but we all have challenges. At some point, everyone in this room has felt as though you were locked in a tower away from the world and wanting so much to be part of that world, but you can’t and you just watch it go by. That could be anything like moving to a new school in your senior year, which means losing all your friends and even a girlfriend. This film to me, is like a fairy tale in a way but ultimately, I was trying to make a hopeful, triumphant film that resonated with everybody.
Any special marketing plans?
Speer: The marketing department made “Midnight Sun” tissue boxes, which we gave out at some screenings. (Laughter) At first, the audience wondered what that was about and then cut to the end of the movie, and everyone is using them. That’s when I feel like we’re really communicating and the more we do that, the more we can communicate with other things, be it politics or anything else.
Thank you for making a sweet film. Hurry and do the next one.
Speer: Thank you so much for your kind words.