About Me (Landon)
Hi, I’m Landon Coats.
I’m a writer, director, and producer living in Orange County and working everywhere.
First and foremost, I am a filmmaker. This is my passion, and I take it very seriously. I’ve been collecting movies ever since middle school as part of a subconscious obsession, but I didn’t realize that obsession until high school when I took my first film class. I had a handful of teachers who not only supported my obsession but encouraged it. It’s from those same teachers I started getting my first film gigs.
Mr. Jordon and Mr. Ferris were the two main facilitators in the filmmaker uproar. Mr. Jordon trusted my judgment enough that he not only gave me free range to make whatever I wanted for class assignments, but he also let me be the unofficial creative director of the school news. Mr. Ferris saw potential in my work so he presented me with the opportunity to collaborate with a local middle school to make a tour video encouraging parents and students to attend the school.
In college, I dove deep into the process of film making. After my first few semesters at The Art Institute of California, I was nominated and elected president of the film club. In that position, I successfully coordinated and hosted three short film showcases held at the historic Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA. College was a great time for me to blossom and mature as an artist. I’ve worked on enough sets, both my own and others, to develop a good idea of what works, what doesn’t, and how to effectively work with others to make visions come to life.
Of the projects I’ve taken the creative helm on, many have gone on to be featured in festivals and showcases around the world winning such awards as, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Short Film.
Currently I work full time at a video marketing firm (Varx Marketing) where I direct, write, and produce corporate videos and ads. At this point I’ve directed almost 100 corporate videos! Along with working full time I still write, direct, and produce narrative work on the side.
Many times on set Murphy’s Law has come into play, and while Murphy's Law can be a total damper, it can also teach you how to get innovative and find the most creative and effective ways to overcome obstacles. That was the most important thing I learned in film school. Some of the sets I worked on went smooth, but many had bumpy paths. The rough sets are the ones I look back on the most fondly because I know the experience helped to build character.