mybigmoviebreak A Brand
The team behind My Big Movie
Break wants to buck old Hollywood
trends and help entertainment
industry rookies learn their trades
by actually making feature ﬁlms
eff Vanderpol is the president and founder of My Big
Movie Break, and he has a crazy idea. He wants to take
actors and actresses, writers and directors, cameramen and
cinematographers, makeup artists and hair stylists with no
experience and put them in charge of actual, honest-to-
God feature ﬁlms. Why on Earth would he ever do that? Because
he believes that every person with raw talent and a dream deserves
a chance to break into Hollywood’s exclusive club.
The team behind My Big Movie Break intends to take hungry
artists from every niche in the ﬁlm and TV industries and pair
them with veteran ﬁlmmakers and cast and crew members to make
their dreams of creating motion pictures come true. A career in
Hollywood may be a longshot, but according to Vanderpol, it
doesn’t have to be. As long as you have talent and a dream, you can
break down walls and become your own star.
J Pageantry magazine: This idea that you’ve come up with
and system that you’ve created to help people achieve
their dreams in the movie business, it’s astounding.
What is My Big Movie Break?
Jeff Vanderpol: My Big Movie Break is a new way for a lot of
people who are dreamers and visionaries trying to break into Hol-
lywood—perhaps the most exclusive club in the entire world. It’s a
way for a kid in Idaho or even England to get into the movie busi-
ness, whether in front of the camera or behind it, in a way that no
one has ever thought of before.
PM: Why did you come up with this idea?
JV: You know, it’s funny. I’m all about the underdog. My favorite
movies are the ones like Rocky, It’s a Wonderful Life, Forrest Gump,
Remember the Titans, and Rudy. All of these movies had one theme
in common, and that is the guy who is battling the odds that are
just insurmountable, who ultimately wins and carries the ﬂag at the
end of the day. Unfortunately, in the real world we live in, so many
people give up on their dreams, and they’ve got great talent.
I recently sat with a young director, as we discussed the dynam-
ics of this model, and he said to me, “You know what, Jeff? This
town is ﬁlled with people who are more talented than Bill Duke,
and you’ll never hear from any of them.” The reason is that Holly-
wood doesn’t help those aspiring actors, actresses, cinematogra-
phers, and directors. In fact, the system is set up so that it’s almost
impossible to make it. The odds of someone unknown becoming a
feature ﬁlm star are against them. Our company makes the odds
incredibly better for an aspiring actor to become a leading man or
woman in a motion picture.
PM: Aside from actors and talents, as those are an obvious
choice for people who would want to become involved with
My Big Movie Break, what about the people in the industry like
the makeup artists, hairdressers, grips, gaffers—the people
who work behind the camera?
JV: This is for anyone who has any appetite for any niche at all,
even the script writers. Let’s think of it in terms of foundation.
You’ve got nothing without a story. Somebody’s writing those sto-
ries, and there are some great Forrest Gump stories out there that
have never been told. We want those script writers, cinematogra-
phers, the wannabe director who wants to direct his ﬁrst ﬁlm and
might be the next Spielberg.
Every single avenue of every niche department you can think of
in a new feature ﬁlm, we’re picking from the audience, assuming
there’s some talent. Obviously you can’t pick somebody to direct a
ﬁlm if there’s no talent in the past to prove they can actually direct.
But we’re going to give someone who has the appropriate talent—
whether it’s makeup and artistry, stuntman, someone who’s inter-
ested in holding a camera—in every single niche a real shot, based
PM: You’re going to choose me as a director. Am I going to
work with a director that’s already found within the industry?
JV: Yes, making a feature ﬁlm is a cluster every time, even if you’re
working with people who know what they’re doing. It would be
literally impossible to make a feature ﬁlm if we took everybody