So with all of his talent clearly available for consideration, where is Traynor in the scheme of cinematic things? For starters, he is trying to get attention…which as any aspiring filmmaker can attest to, is not the easiest accomplishment.

When Traynor completed his first 20 shorts, he began shipping tapes to Hollywood in search of feedback and perhaps more. “I sent out tapes to studios, to Warner Brothers, to Steven Spielberg, LIVE Entertainment, etc.,” he says. “Some watched the movies, but most said they can’t watch anything unsolicited. They forgot that they too use to be like me, trying to get into the business!”

Traynor’s short “Billy’s Christmas” had a playdate in the Brandywine Film Festival in Delaware and his horror feature “Cut Throat” received some retail distribution in Maryland. One of his romantic dramas, “A Piece of Cake,” even had a TV playdate on Baltimore City Cable, albeit on a less-than-desired date. “It was the Fourth of July three years ago,” Traynor recalls. “And no one watched it. You know, being the Fourth who was inside? I couldn’t even get my own parents to come in and watch it.”

Press coverage for Traynor’s extraordinary output has also seen some curious bad luck. He has been interviewed by a Baltimore newspaper and TV station, but neither interview ever saw the light of day. While clearly not making a fortune in films, Traynor has supplemented his income by working as a mechanic for a Baltimore plastics company. Strangely, his employer provided him with a rare opportunity to profit for his labors. “An industrial video I made for them was the only time I ever got paid out of my 106 movies,” he exclaims.

While Traynor is patient about seeing tribute for his efforts, he is still optimistic for himself and those who wish to seek out a place in the film world. “Never listen to anyone who says you are doing something wrong,” he advises. “Everyone does things their own way. Be your own person, believe in yourself. Everyone gets turned down, pushed away, told ‘leave me the hell alone’…okay, with that last one I might be the only one who gets told that a lot. But you know, I’ve written to almost everyone in the U.S. film business twice, and have been turned down by everyone. But some of those companies went out of business. I’M STILL HERE!”

Visit Jimmy Traynor at the Traynor Films website.

Posted on May 6, 2004 in Interviews by


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